Believe it or not this is a dress that I wore to my eighth grade graduation. I love the floral pattern just as much now as I did then. The bright, rainbow colors and myriad of flowers are enchanting. The top no longer fit but the gathered skirt had plenty of fabric for a skirt.
There is a very similar skirt for sale on shopbop, the Milly Bianca Birch Tree Print Skirt that I looked at for inspiration. To do this refashion, I first cut off the bodice. Then I cut a waistband from the skirt and applied interfacing.
To make the button plackets, I cut down the center front, interfaced about an inch and a half strip then folded it in and stitched in place. Next I attached the waistband and made the buttonholes. It was a fun project to make and a great way to re-purpose a dress that no longer fit.