How to Make a DIY Hoodie Dress Out of an Oversized Jacket in 3 Steps

JRenee DIY
by JRenee DIY
8 Materials
2 Hours

Welcome, everyone! Today we’ll be upcycling an oversized jacket and transforming it into a trendy hoodie dress. I can’t wait to show you how to make a DIY hoodie dress, and of course, the beautiful result! Let’s get sewing!

Tools and materials:

  • Oversized hoodie
  • Fitted bodycon dress
  • Normal-sized jacket
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Marker
Oversized hoodie for the DIY

Turning the jacket inside out

1. Make the bodycon dress pattern

Turn your jacket inside out, pull up the zipper, and lay it flat. 

Placing a dress on the jacket

Next, line the dress to the center of the jacket. Align the dress to the jacket’s collar. It’s fine if it doesn’t go up to the shoulders; just ensure it’s centered. 

Tip: Be mindful of the fabrics you’re working with. My dress is tight-fitting and super-stretchy, so I’m stretching it out as much as possible on the non-stretchy jacket. Like this, it’ll have room to breathe.  

Laying a well-fitting jacket on top

Lay out the other jacket you have right on top. Match the jacket's collar, shoulders, and bottom to the oversized jacket.

Tracing the DIY hoodie dress pattern

Now that you have all the garments lined up get out your handy fabric or any washable marker and start tracing the jackets’ sleeves. Ensure that you leave a little seam allowance (½“) for this part and use a ruler if needed. 

Leaving room around the hips

Try leaving some room by the hip area, especially if you’re curvy. 

Placing pings along the trace lines

Now, place pins along the lines you just drew. I suggest pinning on the inside (the part you’ll keep) and not on the outside, as I have. 

Cutting out the pattern

2. Cut the bodycon dress pattern

Now, cut out the pattern. If you want to be cautious, you can cut a little bit outside of the line. This way, if you don’t cut correctly, you’ll have room to fix it later. 

Re-pinning the edges

If you pinned the fabric on the outside (like me), go ahead and re-pin along the edges, making sure the edges match up for a nice, clean seam. 

Sewing the edges

3. Sew the bodycon dress

Ok, let’s get sewing! Use a straight stitch all the way around the edges. It might get tricky when you get to the curve, so take your time to round that off. 

Straight seam

This is what you should have: a beautiful and nice straight seam! 

How to make a DIY hoodie dress

And we are done! You now have a bodycon jacket dress that fits nicely and snugly! 

DIY hoodie dress

DIY hoodie dress

Yay! What do you think of this fantastic upcycle? You can pair this DIY hoodie dress with a pair of leggings or jeans. If you’re feeling up to it, you could even wear it as is, depending on the length of the jacket itself.

DIY hoodie dress from the back

Thanks for joining me on this DIY hoodie dress tutorial; I hope you have some inspiration to make your own. 

Suggested materials:
  • Oversized hoodie
  • Fitted bodycon dress
  • Normal-sized jacket
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