Zero Waste Simple Fixes to Make a Dress You Love

Kelsey Reese
by Kelsey Reese
4 Materials
15 Minutes

Follow along with my late night thrift flip for a zero waste simple fix resulting in a dress you’ll love!

With minimal effort, you can make this yourself using a similar dress. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Large sweater dress
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine and thread
Dress before

1. Remove band

Start by removing the band at the bottom of the sweater dress, if your dress has one.

Removing band

2. Make a turtleneck

Use the band that you cut off to create a turtleneck. Start by securing it in place with straight pins.

Making a turtleneck

Then, sew over the connection with a zigzag stitch. I made the stitch go slightly over the edge so that it would lay flat.

Making a turtleneck

This was super easy!

DIY upcycled dress

After these simple changes, the dress is so much more my style!

DIY upcycled dress

Optional: If you had any leftover fabric from the bottom band, sew it together to make a new band.


Then, you can add it to the dress to create a different waistline, and there’s no need to sew it on.

DIY upcycled dress with band

DIY upcycled dress

Now I’ve shown you how to DIY a new dress with no waste in only a few simple steps.

There’s something about a turtleneck, short skirt and boots that makes me feel powerful!

Next, check out This Super Easy Neckline Alteration That Will Change Your Whole Look.

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Suggested materials:
  • Large sweater dress
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
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