I wanted the bulk of the dress to be from the pants, with only a little bit of black to dress things up. That said, there’s only so much you can do with a pant leg. 🙂
I actually mashed up two patterns and added a little extra to make this super cute dress.
While I don’t have step-by-step instructions for this dress (since its a mash-up) I can show you where I cut out each pattern piece so you can replicate it.
The back and sleeves are from the Jackie Top and Dress.
This was to create a slim silhouette on the back and it used up less fabric–I could actually get the pieces cut out from one pant leg.
The skirt of the dress front was cut from the other pant leg. In order to get enough fabric, I had to use the outer seam as part of my panel and only cut off the inseam. Since this piece is gathered on the final dress, the seam is hardly noticeable.
And the front bodice is from the Hopscotch Top and Dress.
I had to piece the bodice together so there was a seam down the front. Then I used a ruched piece of black fabric down the front to cover the seam and add a fun detail.
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How cute !!! Thanks for sharing .. May have to do something like that for my granddaughter … Have a great rest of your day !
I’ll bet she’d look fabulous in it!
Saige is seriously the cutest little model! The first picture made me laugh. She just has that “look!” As cute as she is, the dress looks amazing, too, and I love that it was a pair of pants in a former life!
Aww, thanks Jamie! The first picture is her “I’m cute and I’m going to pose how I want to” look. And it worked. Sigh.
The dress and model are both adorable!! I love that you repurposed an old pair of pants to make it. So creative!
Aww, thanks Amy! It was a really fun refashion.
These are precious and she is gorgeous!! Very talented!
Oh, thank you Bethany! You’re so sweet!
Lisa this is just so dang cute! I love it! I love to up cycle old clothes into kids clothes like this. I’ve made several baby dresses from old skirts. Thanks for sharing, and she looks adorable in it!
Thanks, Shelly! This is one of my favorite refashions ever.
WoW! Love that you made this from pants. I so wish I could sew. You, girlfriend, are amazing with your skills!
Oh, you’re so sweet! Thank you–it was really fun to do.
You are amazing Lisa. How darling is she in that dress! And the lil sofa! 🙂
Aww, thanks Jill! The sofa was my MIL’s when she was a child, so it’s cute AND meaningful.
you are amazing! Such a cute dress & you never cease to amaze me with your talent! =)
Thank you so much, Laura. I do love this dress. 🙂
I love that your thought outside the box to create a beautiful fun dress for your little one!
Thanks so much for sharing your awesomeness at Show Me Saturday! Please join us again this weekend!
Love this little dress and I’m glad my other two girls will get to wear it as they grow.
AMAZING! The dress out of the pants is just perfect and your model is absolutely beautiful.
Stop…you’re too sweet! Thank you Tracey!
GIRL. Pants. Dress. I can’t even. You’re amazing.
Ha! You’re fabulous. Thank you.
We are getting ready to move and I came across 3 space bags full of clothes for my husband & I. It actually popped into my head, because of project run & play, that maybe some of it might be useful for upcycling! So far I have only made one dress from one of my husband’s never worn shirts for my daughter, but I have plans for more. Your posts, truly have been inspirations to me! When I was taking apart a pair of his old pants, I cut around the zipper to save for later because of your recent post on upcycling (I plan to pick it out later when I have more time).
I also just want to say how adorable this dress is! It have given me an idea on how to use my husband’s old favorite lime shirt to make something really special for our daughter. Thank you, I truly mean that!
Aww, what a lovely comment, Shanna. I’m so glad to have inspired you with this post. I hope that your bags of clothing turn into something meaningful and beautiful!