Refashion: old halter top + pink fabric = new dress!

So i woke up today feeling a great urge to sew. So i did.

Here’s my new dress. I love the skirt – the way it puffs out and falls nicely when i sit on the floor.

I had some lovely pink fabric lying around and i thought it’d make a wonderful skirt. I found an old halter top and sewed them together. Pretty simple.  Took me a few hours to put this together.


 1. Cut two long strips of skirt fabric, one shorter than the other. Be sure that each strip is at least twice your waist size. I wanted loads of pouf so i had to cut two strips of fabric. 2xshort and 2xlong. Sew the short edge of the short strips together to make it one super long strip. Do the same for the long strip.


2. Pin and hem up one end of the short and long strips.

3. Using your widest stitch, stitch 2 straight rows on the long un-hemmed side of each strip. This helps you gather the fabric to create the pouf.

4. Measure your waist and gather the fabric till it’s the same length. Connect the ends to create a double layered circle.


5. Measure a strip of elastic that fits around your waist comfortably. You don’t want it too loose or too tight. Pin the elastic strip to your gathered fabric and sew on with a zig zag stitch. I did 2 rows. You can serge the ends so it doesn’t fray. I don’t have a serger so i did a simple zig zag stitch on the edge.


6. Pull out your halter top. I picked a black stretchy one that’s a little too short for me now. Place both on your dress form and pin together. Sew 2 rows on the right side of the halter with a zig zag stitch.

7. Trim off excess thread. Tadah! New poufy dress 🙂 Pair with a thick belt to accentuate your waist. Here, i tried my new dress on with a white belt and a simple black one. What do you think?


One thought on “Refashion: old halter top + pink fabric = new dress!

  1. Pingback: Pashmina bohemian/gypsy top and halter dress RETRO style! | A chronicle of my sewing adventures

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