Dress to Skirt Refashion (With Invisible Zipper and Lining)

Today's refashion is a dress to skirt, with a zipper and lining. I got this dress way back in 2013 at a consignment shop during their $1 sidewalk sale. (Okay, so four years doesn't seem like a ridiculously long time, but the amount of things that happen and change during such a short timeframe, is insane).  Anyways, this dress was always a bit big on me, but I never really fixed it. Instead, I added in some bust darts and called it a day. Since my sewing skills were lacking back then, I bought this yellow cardigan to cover up my beginner bust darts haha. :) Fast forward four years later, I decided to make this dress into a skirt. This would seem like it would be a simple refashion, because really it's just converting a dress to a skirt. But, it took a little longer because I put in a zipper and the dress was lined.

So, here is what I did:


1. I found a skirt that fit me well to use as my template.

2. I cut out the side zipper to use in my new skirt.

3. I chopped off the bodice of the dress.

It was starting to look like a skirt already!

4. I didn't want the zipper to be on the side of the skirt, so I opened the skirt as shown and...

I unpicked part of the back seam, just enough to fit my zipper in.

5. Next, I sewed my zipper in, as shown.

Here's how I pinned it.

Basically, I sandwiched the zipper in between the right sides of the fabrics. 
(The lining and the main fabric)

Here is how it looked after I had sewn in one side of the zipper.

6. Now, I had to take care of the lining. Since the lining was attached to the hem of the skirt, as shown, I had to cut alongside the seam to separate the lining from the main fabric.

After I was done cutting, it looked like this:

7. The next step was to hem the lining.

Lining was hemmed!

8. After, I sewed the lining together at the side seam. (Right sides of the fabric touching, wrong sides out)

9. Also, I sewed the main fabric together at the side seam. (Once again, right sides in, wrong sides out.)

10. I turned both pieces inside out, and this is what it looked like:

11. Finally, it was time to sew on a new waistband. 

12. After I cut it out, I put in some interfacing to make my waistband stabler.

13. I pinned the waistband to the skirt as shown. 
(The right side of the waistband touching the inside of the skirt)

To leave a clean edge, I folded in the edge of the waistband in.

After I sewed it, I folded the waistband up...

...and then folded the edge down...

...and finally folded it down again, and topstitched.



Dainty Florals & Mint Tulle // Style Diary

I've been loving all this lovely spring weather lately. The sun is shining, it's warm, and the flowers are out. It's been really windy though, like super windy lol. Anyways, I bought this cute floral blouse two months ago, and I was just waiting for spring to wear it. This time I wore it tucked in my mine tulle skirt, and finished off the look with a clear belt. 

So, if you're wondering where I got this blouse, let me tell you a story. Remember the good 'ole days when you could buy clothing from a catalog? (dELiA*s catalog ring a bell?) Well that is exactly what I did. I bought clothes from a catalog! :) Let me tell you, it's definitely much more time consuming than simply shopping online. BUT, it is also so much more fun! It's really fun flipping through the pages, like a magazine. The catalog I bought from is called Cklass. It is actually a company based in Mexico and their models are all actors and actresses from "novelas." (Translation: Hispanic soap operas). So that was a nice surprise for me. (I grew up watching novelas, like a typical hispanic child haha!) 

Anyway, for each season, Cklass has a couple catalogs featuring clothing, purses, and shoes. The prices are really great and the quality is splendid. This time around I ordered a crewneck, a tee, and this blouse. You can view their catalogs online. They are in Spanish though, with prices in pesos, since they're based in Mexico. But if you want to inquire about a price or for more information, let me know so I can direct you to the person I bought these pieces from. I definitely plan on purchasing more from Cklass.


Blouse: Cklass
Skirt: Boutique
Belt: Gifted
Purse: Rue 21
Heels: Thrifted



The Four Things Colossians 2:7 Tells Us To Do And Practical Ways to Do Them

"Sink your roots in him and build on him. Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught, and overflow with thanksgiving."

This verse tells us four things we must do as Christians, and they can easily be applied to our everyday life.

1. "Sink your roots in him"
We are told to sink our roots in Jesus. From the very first moment we come to Jesus, we should hold on tightly and plant our roots in Him so that we may grow as we are meant to be. We should be like the seeds that were planted on the good ground and produced grain. (Matthew 13: 8) As a Christian, ask yourself: "Am I truly rooted in Jesus?" If you produce grain, you are truly planted on the good ground. To produce grain means to produce results for God's kingdom. Inviting people to church, evangelizing, growing your ministry, etc are all ways of producing results.

2. "Build on him"
If we build on the rock that is Jesus Christ, the bible calls us "wise." If our foundation is Jesus Christ, we can overcome anything that comes our way.  (Matthew 7:24-25) Ask yourself: "When life around me crumbles down, am I thrown down and defeated, or do I stand victorious in Christ?" If we are building on Christ, we are able to stand firm on the foundation. No matter what our problem is, we should stay strong, knowing that Jesus is with us. Easier said than done, I personally know. Whenever we are going through a storm in our life, we should immerse ourselves with Jesus. Reading the Bible, devotionals, praying, or my favorite: sitting outside on nice sunny day with a cold drink and listening to worship music are all ways to immerse ourselves with Jesus.

3. "Be strengthened by the faith that you were taught"
The bible tells us to be firm in faith, be courageous, and be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13) 
Our faith is a very powerful thing. Even a tiny amount, as small as a mustard seed, can move mountains. We are a strong Christian when we have faith that is unshakeable, unmovable, and without any doubts. Faith comes from hearing, so to increase our faith we can go to church, bible studies, read books, or even just chat over coffee with another believer about God.

4. "Overflow with thanksgiving."
There are many instances where the bible tells us to be thankful. We should be thankful for and in everything we do. In all circumstances we should be thankful, even the bad times. When we choose to look at the bad side, we won't find a single thing to be thankful for. But, when we look at our circumstances through the eyes of Jesus, we will begin to see we are really blessed. A very practical way to overflow with thanksgiving is to keep a gratitude journal. Not everything has to be written. Fill it with sketches and pictures of gratitude and thankfulness. Once your journal is full, it can be kept as a scrapbook and can be looked back at to be reminded of God's goodness.

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