When I saw Daria’s absolutely ingenious DIY pinafore I just knew I had to create one for myself…
*as my maxi-skirt-refashion-victim had a front zip I had to add a few tweaks & changes to her original tutorial
Here’s what I did:
I snagged a dowdy denim maxi skirt that had been hidden in my stash for far too long + a couple of large vintage buttons
hmmm, but this skirt has a front zip…how will you be able to put it on when the overall bib & straps are attached?
Simply turn the skirt around and have the zip in the back! Easy peasy!
*be sure to try it on back to front to make sure it fits comfortably before refashioning
I removed those hideous side pockets
chopped the skirt to my desired length
sliced out a square of the chopped length for my overall bib
arranged my overall bib on the waist of my skirt right side facing out & pinned
* I added one of the original side pockets to my bib & detached the top portion of the belt loops for easy stitching, sewed it together then reattached the belt loops
on to the straps:
Try on the almost-overall-dress & decide the length needed for the straps & cut a couple of strips from the remaining chopped length (mine measured 70cm x 10cm)
and now it’s time to bust out that hausfrau torture device:
1. fold each end of the strap up & press 2. fold in one side of the strap & press 3. fold in the other side of the strap & press 4. overlap the folded edges of the straps & press
and repeat the whole process to create the other strap
arrange the straps on the back of the skirt (which was originally the front) & stitch ’em on
add the button holes to the top of the overall bib
stitch the buttons to the straps
give the raw edges a perfect fray
the front-as-back looks fab!
L O V E I T !
*thanks Daria for the groovy inspiration!
…and my groovy overall dress has now been transformed into a most adorable pinafore with these thrifty ingredients:
Head on over to Kittenhood for the step-by-step tutorial – a groovy guest post by yours truly