April 3, 2017

How to transform the Upton Dress into an Upton Skirt

Hey, chaps and chapesses!

For my recent trip to LA, I decided I needed to whip up a skirt with some amazing burnt orange and purple “painted” Liberty lawn I got at the mysterious cheap Liberty shop. I’m not much one for a ditzy print, but these chunky tulips called my name from the back of the basement.

I contemplated the skirt patterns in my stash but none really appealed and then I realised I should take a different approach: hack the Cashmerette Upton Dress into a skirt! And here it is, a hack of Upton Dress view A, the pleated skirt:

Upton Skirt Hack

Pretty fabulous, non? I paired it with a chambray Harrison Shirt, knotted at the waist like the carefree LA chick I am (ahem).

Upton Skirt Hack

This was a super easy hack, and very quick to whip up. I’m planning another pleated beauty with some amazing Suno burn-out silk I got on Emma One Sock, and also a version using View B, to make a gored skirt.

Once you have your copy of the Cashmerette Upton Dress, making an Upton Skirt is pretty easy.

Before you start, consider the size: the Upton Dress has a high waistband, which sits on the lower ribcage (your high waist). If you want your skirt to hit there too, make your regular size. However, if you want it to hit at a more traditional waist height, you need to consider whether your waist is bigger than your high waist. Mine is, by about 2 inches (the narrowest bit of me is just below my bust, and then I get progressively bigger towards my hips), so I sized up from my usual 18 to a 20.

Upton Skirt Hack

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10 thoughts on “How to transform the Upton Dress into an Upton Skirt

  1. Eleanor says:

    How much fabric?

    1. Depends on what size and length you’re making, and pleated vs gored. But roughly 2 yards

  2. nic says:

    Great idea, thanks Jenny! You look gorgeous!

  3. Dana Tougas says:

    I’ve been wondering how to do this. Thanks!

  4. Natalie says:

    What a great skirt. I love the bright colors! I’ve never attempted anything pleated before. Might have to give something like this a shot. Time to head to the fabric store! 🙂


  5. Rene says:

    very cute, but it would have been nice to see how the actual waistline fits. 🙂

  6. Nujoi says:

    Will you please provide instructions for creating a lining for the pleated skirt and dress?

    1. Just cut the same pieces as the main skirt, and baste them to the outer skirt before attaching the waistband.

  7. Madeline says:

    Beautiful dress, Great! I adore that fabric and love the sandals!

Let me know what you think!