Overall Dress Thrift Flip

by AboutClauthes
9 Materials
3 Hours

In today’s tutorial, I’m upcycling this men’s velvet blazer into an overall dress. There is nothing better than an upcycle that leaves you with an amazing addition to your wardrobe. As we know, dungarees are really in right now so I was so excited about this fun thrift flip!

Tools and materials:

  • Blazer
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Buttons
  • Buttonhole foot
  • Pins
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This is the before picture of the men’s blazer that I decided to upcycle. 

Remove the sleeves

Take the blazer apart

To begin, I removed the sleeves and inner lining of the blazer. 

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I then took the blazer apart so that I had 2 front pieces and 1 back piece. 

Cut the bottom

With the back of the blazer upside down, I cut the bottom to give it a straight edge. 

Measure the skirt

Work on the skirt section 

Next, I measured so that I would know how much fabric I needed to make the skirt. 

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I used a high-waisted skirt I already own to mark the waistline. I left 3 cm (1.2 inches) at the bottom for seam allowance. 

Mark the extra fabric for the skirt

Next, I mark the fabric I would have to cut in order to make the skirt. 

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I used that piece as a pattern to cut an equal piece from the other side of the blazer. 

Pin on the sides

I then went ahead and pinned the two pieces on, right sides facing. 

Measure again

I measured so that I would know how many more inches I would need to make the skirt. I cut a strip of fabric and pinned it to one side of the skirt, right side facing. 

Measure the top

Cut off excess fabric from the top

Next, I measured and marked the excess fabric that I would cut from the top. 

Finish the raw edges

I then sewed the skirt pieces together with a straight stitch. I made sure to finish off the raw edges with a zig-zag stitch. 

Trim the edges

Finish the edges of the skirt 

I went ahead and trimmed the edges of the top and bottom of the skirt. 

Hem the edges

I then sewed a double-folded hem along the top of the skirt. I also hemmed the raw edges of the front of the dungarees and, of course, along the bottom edge of the skirt. 

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Add the pocket 

Next, I cut the extra fabric from the blazer to make the pocket. I then went ahead and serged the raw edges. I also sewed a hem at the top of the pocket. 

Sew on the pocket

I pinned the pocket to the fabric, making sure the bottom point of the pocket aligned with the center of the dungarees. I made sure to fold in the raw edges as I pinned for a neat and clean finish. I then went ahead and sewed on the pocket. 

Cut 4 strips of fabric

Make straps 

To make the straps for the dungaree dress, I cut four strips of fabric. I made 2 pairs by placing two strips, right sides together, and sewing along one short edge. 

Fold in half

Next, I folded the strip in half, lengthwise, and sewed it with a straight stitch. 

Turn right side out

To turn the strips right side out, I used a safety pin. I attached it to one side and then pulled it all the way through the strip until the fabric was right side out. I folded the raw edges of the strap inward and sewed. 

Sew on the straps

Finally, I could sew the straps onto the skirt of the dungaree dress!

Measure the straps

Add buttons 

Next, I tried on the dungarees and pinned the straps in the front so that the dress would fit perfectly. 

Sew on buttons

I then went ahead and sewed buttons onto the straps where I had marked with the pins. I cut off the excess strap fabric and finished off the straps’ raw edges. 

Make buttonholes

To create the buttonholes, I used a buttonhole foot. I made sure to set my machine to the size of my buttons. I used a seam ripper to open up the buttonholes. 

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Add a dart

I tried on the dungarees and realized that when I added the extra fabric to the skirt, I forgot to take my waist measurement into account. I knew I could fix it with a dart! 

Sew the dart

First, I marked how big I wanted the dart to be. I also made sure to seam rip the hem where I would be adding the dart. I then went ahead and sewed the dart in place. I cut off the extra fabric and serged the raw edge with a zig-zag stitch. All that was left to do was finish the hem I had opened up. 

Side view of the dungarees

Back view of the dungarees

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I absolutely love this dungaree dress! I had so much fun with this upcycle and I can’t wait to show off this piece! Share your thoughts on this DIY in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Blazer
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper
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