Refashion: Smocked dress to skirt

I had this old dress (that used to be a friends) that was not so functional. One strap had broken and and it was a little short for my liking. You know those dresses that are flowy and oh-so-cute? Well this was one of those, but the flowy-ness meant that knee length just wasn’t quite long enough for me. Just a small gust of wind and there would be no telling what the world would see. I love this print though… so I had an idea. Enter title- smocked dress to smocked skirt. My post-baby bod totally loves this stretchy smocked waistband as I adjust to my newly shaped (not so shapely) belly.

I’ve never done a tutorial before, and I would hardly classify this post as one since it is lacking in detail, but here a few pictures of the process. I'm also giving some brief details. This is a super easy project that a novice sewer could do, so I'll try to use terms that a novice sewer can understand (since I HATE feeling like a project is too complicated just because I don't know the proper terms). 
First I removed the shoulder straps by unpicking the stitches holding them on. I was careful not to unpick any of the stitches holding the elastic in since the top of the dress is going to become the top of my new waistband.

Next I unpicked the bodice (top) from the skirt section (bottom). It was stitched and serged, which meant I had to remove two rows of sewing.

I left the lining of the skirt (inside) attached to the outer fabric since they had been basted together (basting is a long stitch meant to hold two pieces of fabric together until they get sewn onto something else).

Once the bodice and skirt were separated, I measured how tall I wanted my waistband by trying it on over my clothes. I wanted my skirt to be a little higher waisted (to hopefully mask my post-partum belly) so I slid it up to where I wanted it then made a mark at where I wanted the skirt to attach. The smocking (narrow elastic sewn on the backside of the fabric in rows to make the fabric stretch and form to your body) meant there were straight lines all along the bodice so I just cut using the lines to keep straight. It kept me from having to measure again and again as I cut around the top.

With the right sides of the bodice and skirt together, I matched up the side seams and pinned them in place. Then I pinned all the way around, stretching the bodice as I went so that the skirt and bodice would match up. You may have to readjust to get it all even.

 When it was all pinned it looked like this:

Then I got out my handy dandy sewing machine and sewed a straight stitch all the way around, making sure to reverse a few stitches at the beginning and end so my thread wouldn't unravel. I stretched the elastic as I went so that when I was done the waistband would still be stretchy.

Easy enough, right? Now, I have this fantastic springy skirt!!

Wearing my new skirt when we visited the Washington DC Temple last 
Saturday

What do you guys think? Could you make something like this? Anyone refashioned any clothes lately?