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Turning Clemence into Lilou

Sew… I really loved the Clemence skirt which I made recently, which I wrote all about here, but every time I put it on I just felt it didn’t suit me. Long tops over skirts make me look short and tucked in tops give me no body. I definitely feel more comfortable in a dress.


After reading Smile and Makes post about making skirts into dresses I decided to give this ago as I had some fabric left over. I made Tillys Lilou dress last year so decided to make this bodice to fit on the skirt. This was obviously meant to be as when reading Love at First Stitch Tilly suggests a Clemence skirt hack instead of the pleated skirt. Perfect.

I just about had enough fabric left over to make the bodice and I had some orange fabric in my stash which goes perfectly with the colours of the tape measure print. 

Inside Lilou

Once the bodice was sewn up and the lining attached I removed the waist band and zip from the skirt. I checked to see if I needed to alter the gathering but it was the perfect size to be sewn together.

My invisible zips are gradually getting more invisible

Of course I had an orange zip in my stash! So zip inserted and lining hand sewn and ta-dah a Lilou dress!

Ta Dah meet Lilou

I really don’t like wasting anything, especially fabric, so what to do with the waist band? Make the bow belt, another idea from the Love at First Stitch book! In stead of using hooks for the fastening I used poppers. 

Never waste fabric!

I will definitely be wearing this dress lots throughout the summer and so glad I changed it from a skirt into a dress.

Awkward posing!
Love this dress

5 thoughts on “Turning Clemence into Lilou

  1. It does look great – really clever adaptation. It inspires me to wiggle about a top I made last year – it never did look great on but maybe with a bit of adjustment and an addition of fabric it might turn into something good!


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