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31 Days: Color – Day 7: Red Skirt Dress

That’s not a typo. It’s a Skirt Dress. This is the easiest project I’ve done so far this month – and I really love how it turned out. How can you go wrong with red, really?

Before we get started, check this out:

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Erika of Rejoice for the Day was the winner of the jewelry giveaway back in September. Last week, she had a lovely post about the jewelry and showed how she paired it with a cute dress. (This woman is amazing with a sewing machine – the fabrics she chooses and the patterns she matches them with are so good. Love this one and this one.)

Thank you, Erika, for your kind words! I’m so glad you like the jewelry!


Now today’s project started out as a red polka-dot skirt I found at an estate sale.


I loved the fabric and the print and the interesting way it pleated more at the top and was fuller at the bottom. I thought about making it into a shorter skirt (following this tutorial), but I decided on a dress instead.


Digging around in my supplies, I found this little strip of red elastic. It was leftover from the baby shower I hosted for a friend last spring. Jenny, the friend I hosted with, made these adorable little headbands using this soft elastic. She gave me a few pieces to make some headbands for BG (who will not wear them), and I realized these would be perfect for my dress project. Problem? I only had one piece, and I needed two. I texted Jenny to see if she had some extra I could buy. Instead of selling them, she drove them over that afternoon to give to me, with multiple color choices as well.


I cut the elastic into two pieces, 13 inches each. I tried on the skirt as a strapless dress and pinned the elastic where I thought straps should go. I measured their location on the front to determine where to pin the other ends on the back.

(PS – How cute is this Tennessee necklace? My dear friend gave it to me for my birthday, and I adore it – the dainty chain, the tiny little Tennessee shape, the stamped state name. It came in the tiniest gift box I’ve ever seen. It’s perfect.)


I stitched two lines on each end of the elastic, lining it up with the stitches already on the skirt.





That’s it. Easiest dress project ever.

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This post is part of a 31 day series. Find all the posts in this series here.

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8 thoughts on “31 Days: Color – Day 7: Red Skirt Dress

  1. Wow, that turned out great! The straps look good too and ended up being a perfect color match. Glad I could share a little material. O talked the whole way home about how “Lucas” shared airplanes. We’re still working on getting your son’s name right. :)

  2. What an awesome find, and your dress conversion was perfect! Yes, the easiest dress project ever, for sure. And I am loving the jewelry, it’s beautiful! I appreciate your kind words regarding my dress projects, as well. Thank you! :-)

    1. You are so welcome, Erika. You really do amazing things. I don’t think I could follow a pattern to save my life (love that good old Southern phrase?). I love to see what you’ve created.

  3. I love that dress and that color, but what jumped out at me was your gorgeous jewelry package- it is a great look, Nicole- very classy and inviting. I am so proud of you!!

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