This Cute DIY Multiway Dress Can Be Worn 4 Different Ways

by MijoDIY
9 Materials
3 Hours

Are you feeling creative and want to know how to make a multiway dress? Well, you’re in luck because in this tutorial I will share the steps for sewing a DIY multiway dress that can be worn strapless, one-shoulder, off-the-shoulder, or with a wide boat neckline. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Fitting dress as a guide
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
Making the DIY multiway dress sewing pattern

1. Make the DIY multiway dress sewing pattern

Fold your fabric in half, and fold again. Then, pin the layers so that the fabric doesn't move out of place. 

Placing an existing dress onto the fabric

Fold your favorite dress in half, lengthways, and place it on top of your folded fabric, on the fold. Next, trace out the shape of the dress.

If your dress has a neckline, fold it in as there’s no need to trace the neckline. 

Pinning the dress to the fabric

Next, carefully pin the dress to the fabric, making sure all layers of fabric are straight and not out of place.

Cutting around the dress

Now, cut around the dress. 

Pinning the side seams of the DIY dress

2. Sew the side seams

Place both pieces on top of each other, right sides facing, pin the sides, and sew to secure. 

Hemming the edges of the dress

3. Hem the edges

Fold all the edges of the dress twice, pin all around, and sew. This includes the bottom of the dress, the armholes, and the neckline. 

Making the top ruffle piece

4. Make the top ruffle piece

Cut to pieces that measure 30 x 12 inches. With both pieces facing the right sides, pin the short ends and sew to secure. 

Folding and pinning the raw edges

Also, while you’re at it, go ahead and fold the raw edges of the ruffle piece. Pin and sew all around for a lovely clean finish. 

Attaching a ruffle to the DIY multiway dress

5. Attach the ruffle piece

Now it’s time to assemble your multiway dress. To attach the top ruffle piece to the dress, you must make sure both pieces are aligned. So, start by finding the center of both pieces. Fold the dress in half and pin the middle neckline. 

Multiway dress tutorial

Align both pins from each pin, and pin both layers in place. Make sure both pieces are right sides touching. 

Making a DIY multiway dress

Pin both layers where they touch (this means that you should not sew the sides). Now, sew to secure. 

Measuring a elastic for the shoulders

6. Sew on the elastic

It’s the final step! Measure your shoulders and cut a piece of elastic accordingly. 

Creating a casing for the elastic

Make a tunnel for the elastic. Do this by folding over the top part of the fabric by about 2 inches. Pin, and sew, leaving a 2-inch gap to feed through the elastic. 

Feeding the elastic through the casing

Using a safety pin as a guide, attach it to the end of the elastic, and insert it through the tunnel. 

Sewing the ends of the elastic together

When you’re done, simply sew the short ends of the elastic either by hand or with a sewing machine.

Then, the final step is to stitch the opening. Again, you can either opt to do this by hand or with your sewing machine. 

Ways to wear multiway a dress

Different ways to wear a multiway dress
Wearing a DIY multiway dress
DIY multiway dress

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What do you think of the final look? I love that this dress is super stylish, feminine, and comfortable - perfect for hot weather! As you can see, it’s pretty simple to sew, too. Let me know what you think of this tutorial on how to make a multiway dress in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
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  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine
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