Reconstructing a vintage dress

Hello lovelies!! I wanted to share with you a super simple project or recreation of a vintage garment. I wanted to make it work for me, since I am not a tiny little lady like my grandmother was. The red pencil skirt pictured above is the piece I am talking about! It was once part of a Peck & Peck dress that belonged to my grandmother. Here’s where this skirt originated from:
This is what the dress looked like before I reconstructed it to work better for me. While the detailing is beautiful, and the dress itself is stunning, it would never work for me. Plus, there was small, sad little holes in the top portion of the dress. I couldn’t let this stunning piece go to waste, especially with the sentimental value attached to it. 
First, I turned the dress inside out. Then I carefully used my seam ripper to remove a portion of the zipper on the back of the dress.
After determining how much of the zipper I wanted to detach (I just eyed it based on the length I was looking for), I pinned the bottom of the zipper up and cut just beneath it.
Next I created a waist line by folding the fabric and pinning where I wanted to sew. 
I sewed along the waist line close to the bottom, so as to create a wide band. Since this material is very stretchy, I didn’t need to use elastic or anything to make it tighter. It also did come from a dress that was quite a few sizes too small for me. I sewed two stitches, within 1 – 2 cm of each other, just to make sure that the line was nice, clean, & sturdy. 
Lastly, I decided to add a vintage style button to the back, just to keep the skirt better on my waist, or more secure. 
That’s it! I now have an amazing vintage red pencil skirt, that once belonged to my grandmother. I couldn’t be happier.
Outfit Details:
Blouse – 2020Ave
Belt – Target
Pencil Skirt – Reconstructed Vintage/Self Made
Pumps – Steve Madden (old)

About Kirstin Marie

Hi, I'm Kirstin (pronounced - Keer-stin)! Shoe crazed, animal lovin', vintage addict, and I love dressing up. I live in the moment, and thrive on change & challenges. Contributor to Lucky Magazine & The Curvy Fashionista. Stylist | Plus Size Fashion & Style Blogger | Events Coordinator | Lighting Designer.
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21 Responses to Reconstructing a vintage dress

  1. Hannah says:

    I love the end result! Your new skirt fits you perfectly. The step-by-step guide is great! 🙂
    Now if only I had inherited some pretty little dresses from my grandmas – I’d be all set!

  2. You did SUCH a fab job on the reconstruction! You look like a serious bombshell miss! PS – I’m glad I’m following you on FB now because I can see when you update since my stupid blogger doesn’t always show it!

  3. L.Voss says:

    I bow down to anyone who can sew. I have an old dress in my closet that I want to make a skirt so bad, and I am just scared to ruin it.

  4. SACRAMENTO says:

    Aren´t you clever??? love what you have done, yeahhhhhhhhhhh
    Have a lovely Easte break.

  5. NaNa says:

    Wow great job! It looks really really well done 🙂

    Love from the NaNa girls xoxo

  6. Laura Go says:

    You did great, Kirstin! I love the little button that you added– it’s so sweet and very vintage 🙂

    ♥ laura
    the blog of worldly delights
    the shop of worldly delights

  7. Kirsten says:

    There’s something so exciting about making/reconstructing clothes. I haven’t done it in ages. You’re in inspiration

  8. I love reconstruction. Great way to make it your own. The red colour looks good on you. -xo

  9. You did a fabulous job! I love how you turned it into a lovely pencil skirt!

  10. You are a master! I never would have thought to do that. The skirt looks beautiful and professional. You have wonderful talent. And red looks wonderful on you!

  11. Katia says:

    Perfect! I love pieces with sentimental value, I feel like I’m carrying on a story when I wear it 🙂 and revamping a piece is like adding your own chapter! And it turned out lovely 😉


  12. Alyson says:

    oh my gosh, amazing. love how you made it into a piece that worked for you and you’ll have it forever. awesome!

  13. Ummmmmmm, can you give me a sewing lesson? : )

  14. aki! says:

    Your sewing skills in this post make me want to cry. I just attempted a sewing project that failed miserably. So impressed by you.

  15. Bella says:

    Kirstin Marie, you did a fantastic job turning this dress into a skirt! I love the “vintage” button you added! I wish I had you skills, but alas, the lack of them has me wearing sweatpants until further notice! hee hee! 🙂

  16. Carly says:

    awesome DIY….I am SO not that creative or talented. Sewing has always seemed like a foreign language to me, which is weird since I have worked fashion/retail my entire adult life.
    Love the red on you and that is amazing you have a piece of clothing that was worn by your grandmother:)

  17. kathy says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I found this on a google search, because I’m looking for ways to update some of my old dresses. The skirt came out great and looks good on you!

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