The ballerina skirt is EVERYWHERE this year and we are absolutely thrilled about it! There is just something about an billowy, flowing, tulle garment that makes a gal feel lovely and lady-like. Up until recently, this luxe look was reserved mainly for bun heads and brides, but as designers sent the skirt down the runways, bloggers began to don them in the streets… the result was anything but pedestrian. Dressed up or down the ballerina skirt is undeniably glamorous, but buying one can totally break the bank! Some floor sweeping designs can cost over $1,000! Laurel-Manette and I have been obsessing about adding one of these beauties to our wardrobe, but neither one of us wanted to break the bank on a passing trend. So, we put on our “thrifting caps” and came up with one of our favorite fashion hacks yet. We give you the DIY ballerina skirt!
What You’ll Need:
~ Thrift Store Gown ~Seem Ripper ~Sewing Machine ~Hook & Eye ~Needle + Thread I found this gown at Goodwill for $7.99! Look for a dress that has the length and fullness that you desire for your ballerina skirt and make sure the waist fits well. This one had layers and layers of beautiful black sheer tulle and moved like I was floating on air.
Remove the zipper from the dress with a seam ripper
Fold the bodice of the dress into the skirt at the waistline so that the entire bodice is hidden within the skirt.
Using straight pins, secure the bodice in in place (Optional)…on my dress it was easy to see where the bodice ended and the waist of the skirt began. Also the thickness of the fabric made it easy for me to hold the two pieces together without pins.
Secure one end of the folded garment under the presser foot of your sewing machine and sew a straight seem around the length of the waist. You are sewing the bodice of the dress down into the skirt, making a seem at right underneath the original seam at the waist. (Choosing a dress that already has a seam delineating the bodice from the skirt will make this step a no brainer.)
Using sharp scissors, cut off the bodice right underneath the seam you created, removing the entire top half of the dress. Cut away any frayed edges.
With a needle and thread, sew in a hook & eye to each end of the waist of your skirt. Make sure the hook and eye are facing the correct directions for them to clasp together. The hook should be on the inside of one end of the waist band, and the eye should be sewn onto the outside of the opposite end of the waist band. (I tried mine on before sewing them on to make sure I had the placement right)
Werk Your Skirt!