Waist Not

Hey Pretty Providence Readers!  It’s Kara from While Camden Sleeps and I’m excited to share a quick way project with you.


I lucked out this spring and scored the beauty above at an estate sale for about $3. Once I tried it on, it was obvious that the skirt was almost a perfect maxi skirt when worn alone. The biggest issue was that the waistband, which was made to be worn underneath the top, was hideous and had become permanently crinkled over time and ware.

Being essentially lazy, I really didn’t want to remove the original waist and create an entirely new waistband.  At the same time, I certainly could not wear it as is.  That’s when a stroke of genius hit me–use the existing sash to create a detachable waistband (which is essentially just a belt.)

Here’s how I did this.  It’s so easy!

Sash Makeover:

1.  I folded the sash in half and sewed the pointed ends together.

2. I wrapped the sash around my waist and marked where I wanted to sew in snaps.

3.  I sewed the snaps, which are from a dollar store sewing kit, onto the end of the sash, and the place where I wanted it to sit once wrapped around.

And that was it.  It took all of 10 minutes to create a waistband that looked super cute and made a HUGE difference.  The skirt is now wearable.  I also took it down about and inch and a half because I’m 5’9 and wanted the length.

Definitely worth 10 minutes.

If you want to see some of my other vintage refashions you can click here, or here, or here :)




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    Colleen Pastoor

    Those seriously can’t be the same thing! It looks SO good!! Does the sash stay in place when you move around during the day?