DIY Fashion: How To Recycle A Dress Into A Top

While doing some closet cleaning and wardrobe assessing, I was about to give away some of my summer dresses because I don’t really wear them very much any more. Either they’re too short, too tight or just fit badly. I realized I could easily turn some of these dresses into tops, repurposing them ensures I would wear them again! Here is is a little video on how you can make your dresses into tops. You don’t even have to sew!
Follow these easy steps for this style recycle:

1. Try on you dress over pants and pin it to the desired length. Some dresses have zippers in back or under the arm so you have to make sure it will look right if you cut it below the zipper. Here is where your style sense comes in and you will find out if the dress will look right as a top.
2. Pin, use a straight edge or draw a chalk line to follow and cut to the desired length – plus add 5/8″ to 3/4″ so you can hem it! (Remember, you can always cut shorter, so if you are insure, cut the dress longer because you can always try it on again to see if you need to cut it some more.)
3. Hem by hand stitching or using a sewing machine or serger. If you can’t or don’t want to sew, get it hemmed professionally by a dry cleaner, tailor … or your mother! With some fabrics such as T-shirt jersey you may be able to leave the raw edge and not stitch the hem at all.
Now you have a new top! Experiment with less expensive dresses and when you get good at it you may find yourself recycling your nice silks and designer pieces! Now you can keep those dresses you will never wear again and gain a few new tops to extend your wardrobe!
– Carol Calacci

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  • Cyndy Raine
    July 2, 2015 10:24 am

    Great idea, Carol! You’ve given me the courage to attack the dresses I’ve been holding on to for years, and not look back!

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