Friday, July 1, 2011

July Jamboree Guest Post: Tube Dress to Skirt by Jen of Tatertots and Jello

Hi Sew Dang Cute readers!!
I’m Jen from Tatertots and Jello and I am so happy to be here!!
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It’s Summer and the weather has finally started to warm up in Utah, which I am THRILLED about! I love Summer and my favorite thing to wear around in the Summertime is comfy cotton skirts and flip flops. I was shopping at Kohl’s a few weeks ago, and I saw some little tube dresses. I wasn’t sure if they were dresses or swimsuit coverups, but I loved the navy and white stripes and RUFFLES of one. I know I can’t pull off a tube dress, so I wondered if I could turn it into a skirt! And for $8 I thought – why not try?!!
too short
I stopped at the fabric store and picked up a $2 roll of elastic, and 10 minutes later – I had a comfy, stylish new summer skirt. 
I am so pleased with it!!
Here’s what I did to transform the tube dress into a sassy summer skirt:
wide elastic
  • I took the elastic and wrapped it tightly around my waist and cut the elastic.
pin it
  • Then I folded the tube part of the dress over on top of itself and sewed it shut at the bottom. I left a 3 inch section open so I could thread the elastic through.
thread the elastic through
  • I threaded the elastic through the open part of the tube and brought both ends together through the 3 inch seam. Then I sewed the two pieces of elastic together with my sewing machine. Then I sewed the seam shut.
And that is it!! In 10 minutes you can go from a short, revealing tube dress to a more covered up skirt. And I really think the skirt is cuter and easier to wear while chasing kids around for the summer.
Thanks for letting me come over Tam!!
I love your blog and love being here!!


  1. Cute idea! Thanks for sharing! ♥

  2. Love it jen! you are always so stinkin' cute! :)

  3. LOVE it!... Coming back tonight to EXPLORE the blog ;)

  4. Super cute! Did you cut off the elastic that was already in the dress? Just trying to cover my basis so I don't mess up when I try it!

  5. Wow! That is impressive!! I gotta try this!

  6. Love it! I was just at Kohl's yesterday, thinking "Could I wear one of these tube dresses as a skirt?" Now I can!

  7. This is such an awesome idea. Jen is a genius. A very cute genius!

  8. Love it! I have been thinking I should try wearing more skirts but sometimes it is hard to find cute casual mom length skirts. This is great!


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