How to Make Girls' Dresses

Ball Gown Dress-Ups

Make a girl's dress from an old skirt.
Make a girl's dress from an old skirt.

Turn mom's skirt into a ball gown. A little elastic, some adornments, and a bit of patience combine to create this cute play frock.

What You'll Need:

  • An old skirt
  • Blunt scissors
  • 14 inches of elastic
  • Needle and thread
  • Trims such as sequins
  • Old jewelry
  • Lace

Step 1: Find an old skirt, and estimate the correct length for the gown you'll create -- the skirt should fall to the floor from under her arms. Step 2: Cut the elastic in half. Sew a piece of elastic at the skirt's waistband to make a shoulder strap. Step 3: Repeat with the second piece of elastic. Step 4: Sew on sequins, old jewelry, and lace at the skirt top, the waistband, and the straps to decorate the dress.Continue reading to find out how to make a colorful double-dyed girl's dress.For more fun activities and crafts, check out: