Complete accidental dress that is so adorable, I am amazed. It's kind of a Lolita/Bustle/Burlesque mix.
I had an AWESOME burlesque skirt that I picked up for $4 from a thrift store, but it didn't fit me :(
I was conceptualizing a way to make it into a dress, but my idea was much more complex than it needed to be.
at one point, I just lifted the top layer and realized "holy crap, this is amazing!"
There is no permanece in this project - it will forever remain a skirt, it's simply the way you manipulate it that changes it's function.
The ribbon works and adds a bit more of a waist as the raised top layer sometimes seems kinda loose, but in reality - the dress is already very very fancy from all the layer detailing that I personally thing it doesn't need any more decoration.. :)
Pardon for the terrible pictures :/
I tried my best, but I was using my phone as a camera and there wasn't any good lighting to show the details.
This step is optional, it is to your desire.
You can tie a large ribbon around your waist to hide the internal seam - my particular skirt was sewn really well so it did not appear to look weird in any way.
Your other option is to pin a decorative object - such as a felt flower or large bow, over your safety pin in the back, in order to hide it.
I find that if you use the ribbon around your waist and tie it in the back, you get the bow which can hide the safety pin.
I was very lucky with this particular skirt with many reasons-
First of all, it was so cheap! The second I saw it, all I could think was: "MINE, NOW!"
The details underneath the top layer are supposed to be hidden- they are looped uneven stitching that give the skirt its uneven end and fluffy appearance. By raising the top layer, I revealed all of it's secrets and it turned out to be a very cool decoration that looks like pockets :)
It was already naturally longer in the back and slightly shorter in the front- by raising the top layer in the front, I made it even shorter, and the folded layer in the back adds to its long butt-covering decoration :)
My skirt is Ivan Grundahl, it looks something like this: http://www.polyvore.com/retroscope_fashions_plus_size_ladies/thing?id=246266 but shorter and graduated in the front to back...