Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle

 Not Your Grandma’s Midi Skirt

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Today I’m going to share one of my favorite tips for adding unique pieces to your wardrobe for a steal: upcycling.

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More specifically, I’m going to share how I made  a fabulous midi skirt for less than three dollars,  in 10 minutes.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds


If you’re open to second hand clothing, there are some serious gems hiding at your local thrift store.

Several months ago my eye was drawn to this fabulous color on the rack. When I pulled it off the rack, it was this vintage number.

Sure, not exactly the fashion choice of this century, or even my generation for that matter. But it had great fabric and potential. So, I picked it up for $2.50 and decided to refashion it at home.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

The dress had a weird 80’s crop top thing happening, so I removed that outer layer, and for a hot minute had the idea to turn it into a tank dress. However, even that was still a frumpy mess, so I cut my losses – literally – and went back to the original skirt idea.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

Not only did this dress already have built in elastic at the waist, but the top and bottom were attached in a manner that made for a cute ruched effect at the waist. That meant all I had to do was remove the top half to create this skirt.

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I decided to create a tied belt by taking the fabric strips from the crop top I’d removed, and attaching them at the side waist with a single line of stitching.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

It took me all of 10 minutes and $2.50 to refashion this dress from “Grandma” to “Glam.” Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

So much so, that I’d totally buy this skirt new.
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Of course, any new clothing needs to be laundered before wearing it – especially when purchased second hand.  I love adding Purex® Crystals to the laundry because it leaves even thrifted clothing smelling good as new for up to 12 weeks.Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

Purex Crystals provide a great scent at a great price! My favorite scents are Lavender and Fresh Spring Waters, but there are loads (get it?) of options to choose from. Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle | Five Marigolds

I found mine at Walgreens, but you can find it at nearly any retailer that sells laundry soap. Find your favorite scent and learn more here.

What do you think of my trash to treasure dress upcycle? Tell me what you think in the comments below!
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17 thoughts on “Trash to Treasure Dress Upcycle

  1. Katie says:

    I love what you did! I’m a huge fan of thrift shopping and making clothes have a fresh look to them! The skit turned out so cute and I love the color!

    • fivemarigolds says:

      Hi Mary, I’m glad you like my upcycle! I love to sew and creatively refashion clothing for my family when I can. As a user of Pyrex, I’m proud that they sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

    • fivemarigolds says:

      I held on to this project for so. long because I just wasn’t sure how to handle the top! In retrospect, I might have tried that, but I ended up trying and failing to make it a tank dress, and therefore lost that fabric to work with. 🙁

  2. Sandra Balistreri says:

    Such a smart idea. It really looks so feminine. Sensational way to add some pizzas to your wardrobe. Color adds a nice pop. Very flirty skirt. Love it.

  3. Patilu says:

    If you ever wear a headband, it would be nice to cover a headband with the extra material, so it would match your new skirt.

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