DIY Denim Dress

7 materials
$15
3 Hours
Medium




A good denim dress is timeless! It was time for me to make myself a gorgeous, new denim dress and I decided to make it strapless. Rather than go out to buy fabric, I upcycled a few pairs of jeans I already had. After a little work, I had the perfect, strapless denim dress!



Tools and materials:

  • Denim jeans/denim fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Zipper
  • Sewing machine
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DIY strapless denim dress


For this DIY denim dress, I used three pairs of denim jeans. You can also use any scrap denim you have sitting at home. 

strapless denim dress, Take measurements
Take measurements


Take measurements 

Next, I drew a rough sketch of the dress I would be making and wrote down all the measurements I would need. For this project, I measured my chest, bust and waist, and hip. I also wrote down my bust to waist measurement and my waist to the bottom of the dress measurement. I took all of my measurements and divided them by four.

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Strapless denim bodycon dress


Cut the bodice pieces 

I started by cutting the denim I would need for the bodice of my dress. I measured 9 inches from the bottom of one leg and cut it off. 

strapless denim dress, Seam rip the side
Seam rip the side


I then seam ripped open one side of the denim piece. I did the same on the second leg so that I would have two identical pieces of denim. 

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Strapless denim mini dress


Cut the skirt pieces 

I also cut off the remaining leg pieces and opened them up on one side. I would use these to make the bottom of my dress. 

strapless denim dress, Sew the front bodice pieces
Sew the front bodice pieces

Sew the front bodice pieces 

To make the bust section for the bodice, I used the bra technique. 

strapless denim dress, Sew along the pinned line
Sew along the pinned line


Once I had the shape pinned, I sewed along that pinned line. 

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Sew a strapless denim dress


Sew the dress together 

For the dress, I had one piece for the bottom at the back and two for the front because I would add a zipper down the middle. I laid down the front two pieces and placed the bust pieces on top, right sides together. I then went ahead and sewed at the waist. 

strapless denim dress, Cut excess fabric
Cut excess fabric


After sewing, I went ahead and cut off any excess fabric.

strapless denim dress, Sew the sides
Sew the sides


Next, I placed the back bodice pieces on the front piece, right sides together, and sewed the side seams together. 

strapless denim dress, Sew on the back skirt piece
Sew on the back skirt piece


I also took the back bottom piece and sewed it to the front pieces by joining the side seams. 

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How to sew a strapless denim dress


Next, I sewed the back bodice pieces onto the back skirt pieces and made sure that everything was neatly sewn together except, of course, for the center front. 

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Make a strapless denim dress


Attach the zipper 

I went ahead and pinned and sewed a zipper down the front of the dress. In this step, I was careful to make sure that the waistline on each side lined up. All I had left to do was hem the bottom of the dress which I did by double folding the fabric and sewing. 

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How to make a strapless denim dress


I think this strapless denim dress is so cute! What other denim upcycle ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments! 

Suggested materials:

  • Jeans
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor's chalk
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