How to Easily Make a DIY Convertible Dress You Can Wear 5 Ways

7 Materials
2 Hours

This DIY convertible dress can be worn in 5 different ways! Follow along with this tutorial on how to make a convertible dress to sew one of your own. This is a great way to make one wardrobe piece go a very long way!

Tools and materials:

  • 240 centimeters (95 inches) of stretchy fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric marker or chalk
  • Sewing pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
Measuring the fabric

1. Make the pattern

Fold your fabric in half to a 150 x 120-centimeter (59 x 47-inch) rectangle and place it on your work surface with the folded edge on the left.

Folding the fabric into a triangle

Grasp the top left corner of the fabric and fold it down in a triangle so the edge of the triangle lines up with the folded edge of the fabric.

How to make a convertible dress pattern

From the top corner of the triangle, measure and mark a 30-centimeter (12-inch) arc on the fabric.

DIY convertible dress pattern

Now, measure and mark a 120-centimeter (47-inch) arc from the same corner. Since the width of your folded fabric was 120 centimeters (47 inches) to begin with, the arc should start at the right bottom corner of the triangle.

Cutting out the fabric

2. Cut the fabric

Cut the fabric along both of your curved lines.

Cutting out the rectangle

From the bottom of the fabric, measure and cut a 9-centimeter (3½-inch) wide rectangle all the way across.

Pinning the center point of the rectangle

3. Pin and sew

Open the half-circle skirt and, with the wrong sides facing, pin the center point of the rectangle to the center top edge of your half-skirt

How to make a convertible dress

Fold over the bottom edge of the rectangle and then fold the whole rectangle lengthwise so the small, folded edge meets the top of the rectangle, pinning it all in place as you go.

Sewing the waistband to the convertible dress

Sew along the top edge of the waistband on the wrong side of the skirt. 

Sewing the waistband ties

When you get to the extended lengths of waistband fabric, just fold them in half lengthwise and sew along the edge, so they become ties.

Snipping the corners of the ties

4. Snip

Snip the corners at the ends of the ties and pull the ties right-side out.

Topstitching the DIY convertible dress

5. Topstitch

Now, on the right side of the skirt, fold over and topstitch the other side of the waistband in place.

How to wear the convertible dress

Wearing the convertible dress as a maxi skirt

1. Maxi skirt

Just wrap the waistband around your waist from back to front and close it with the ties.

Tying the straps at the front

2. Duster

Put the half-circle on from your back to your front and tie the straps at the front. 

Wearing the convertible dress as a duster

Then flip the straps over your head to the back of your neck and you have a flowy long vest.

Wrapping the half-circle around the body

3. One-shoulder dress

Wrap the half-circle around you from back to front under your arms, putting one strap over your shoulder.

Wrapping the fabric around the shoulder

Bring the other strap around your front, under your bust, and bring the strap at the back to your side. Tie the front and back straps at your side.

Gathering the fabric

Gather up some of the fabric from the open fold and tuck it into the ties for a more flouncy wrap edge.

One-shoulder convertible dress

Criss-crossing the ties at the front

4. Halter dress

Wrap the dress from your back to your front. Criss-cross the ties twice in front and then pass them over your shoulders.

DIY convertible halter dress

Then bring the ends of the straps around your waist to the front and tie them at the front.

DIY strapless dress

5. Strapless dress

Wrap the dress under your arms from front to back. Cross the straps at the back of your waist and bring them to the front. Tie the straps at the front. 

DIY convertible dress

DIY convertible dress tutorial

There you have it! One simple half-circle skirt and 5 beautiful styles. This is surely going to be your most versatile wardrobe piece!

Leave a comment to let me know how you like your DIY convertible dress and if you found any new ways to wear it.

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Suggested materials:
  • 240 centimeters (95 inches) of stretchy fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric marker or chalk
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  • April April on May 02, 2022

    Is lovely and interesting! I will probably make a couple for summer.

    I am not positive that I understand the pattern, though.

    I'm with you though cutting the circle skirt piece but, it gets a little confusing after that.

    Could you draw a simple sketch of the shapes you cut out and what you end up with? I don't need anything to scale or a pattern to print out, just a line drawing. Thanks! I love that fabric, BTW!


    April Iris McLeod

  • Mayra Mayra on May 18, 2022

    I love it♥️. it has so many ways to wear it.👍️