How to Make a Jumpsuit Out of a Long Dress Quickly & Easily

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique
6 Materials
1 Hour

Are you ready for another awesome upcycle? Today, I’ll be showing you how to make a jumpsuit from this maxi dress! So, before you throw out that unused maxi dress, consider doing this quick tutorial, and I assure you, You’ll love how this DIY jumpsuit turns out. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Maxi dress
  • Best fitting jeans or leggings
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Matching thread
Maxi dress before the DIY

Laying the marked maxi dress on the floor

1. Mark the hips

First thing’s first; while wearing the maxi dress, mark where your hips start. Then, take it off, and lay it down with the side seams in the middle lining up. 

Tracing the pattern of the pants

2. Trace the pants

Now, take your favorite pair of leggings, jeggings, or skinny jeans and place them on the dress. Fold them in half with the back crotch facing out, as far as it will go. Line the other side up with the center seam, too. 

Trace around the shape of the pants, leaving about an inch of seam allowance. Like this, you’ll have plenty of seam allowance, and make sure the DIY jumpsuit won't be too tight. 

Extending the pattern line

When you get to the top part of the pants where your hips would be, draw your line outward. 

Cutting out the pattern

3. Cut out the pattern

Cut along the lines.

Folding the pattern to the other side

4. Fold and cut the other side

Then, fold the maxi dress over to the uncut side and line it up. 

How to make a long dress into a jumpsuit

Use the cut-out side to cut the other side. This way, everything will be even. 

DIY jumpsuit from dress

Look at that! You’ve successfully cut a DIY jumpsuit from a dress! Turn the dress so that the side seams face the side. 

DIY jumpsuit sewing tutorial

5. Sew the pant legs

Align the inner leg seams and pin to secure. Then, take it to your sewing machine. Since this is a stretchy fabric, I used a straight stitch and finished it off with a zigzag stitch (I don't have an overlocker).

A zigzag stitch is key when it comes to sewing stretchy materials, so don’t skip it! 

How to make a jumpsuit out of a maxi dress

How to make a jumpsuit out of a maxi dress

Your DIY jumpsuit is complete! You can easily make your own jumpsuit without much effort.

Thanks for joining me on this tutorial on how to make a jumpsuit. Please let me know what you think of the results in the comment section below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Maxi dress
  • Best fitting jeans or leggings
  • Sewing machine
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  • Traci Traci on Apr 21, 2022

    I'm definitely doing this.. I bought 3 maxi-dresses thinking I'd wear em, never did tho😆 Plus I've been wanting a jumpsuit or 2, but couldn't justify spending the money for em bc i really don't need em. That coupled with knowing I have so many things in my closet that still have the tags on em I just won't do it! But THIS I WILL DO and feel awsome about it! I sew all the time, , & can't believe I've never thought of this myself - THANK YOU!