Discover How to Turn an Old Dress Into a Pretty DIY Two-Piece Set

Made By Deola
by Made By Deola
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1 Hour

I bought this cute white dress from a charity shop and decided to turn it into a DIY two-piece set! Follow along with this easy thrift flip tutorial for a step-by-step guide on how to make a dress into a two-piece. This quick and fun transformation has given a pre-loved dress a new lease of life!

Tools and materials:

  • Dress
  • Seam ripper
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Fabric marker
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
Undoing the waist of the dress

1. Undo the waist

First, use a seam ripper to undo the stitching at the waistline. If your dress doesn’t have a waistline, then simply cut where you want the skirt and top to divide.

How to make a dress into a two-piece

2. Take in the sides

To make the bodice more fitted, take in the sides. Use your own body to gauge measurements or take in by half an inch on each side. Measure half an inch inwards, then draw a line up to the armhole. Pin, then sew off those sections.

Hemming the bodice

3. Hemming

Hem the top where it was detached from the skirt.

Cutting off the bottom of the skirt

4. Take up the skirt

I took the skirt up by six inches, but this is to your preference. The best way to do this is to pin down the skirt, so that it doesn’t move as you measure. I made six-inch marks along the skirt, then filled in a curved line to join the dots. Cut the surplus section off.

How to turn a dress into a two-piece

5. Adjust the waist

Next, I measured the waistline of the skirt, then adjusted it to my own waist measurements, for a perfect fit. I marked around an inch inwards, then used my ruler to draw a long line to the edge of the skirt. Pin and sew.

Measuring the strip for the waistband

6. Create the waistband

Use the leftover skirt material to create a waistband. I used a waistband that was the length of my waist, with a width of 2.5 inches. Cut the strip and pin to the waistline of the skirt. 

How to turn a dress into a two-piece set

Then, fold the waistband over the skirt and topstitch all the way around. You can iron the fold in place to make this process easier.

Adding a button to the top of the skirt

7. Add a button

Add a button onto your waistband if necessary, where the two edges meet. I used the button cut off from the bottom of the skirt. Finally, hem the raw edges.

DIY two-piece set tutorial

DIY two-piece set tutorial

The top and skirt are complete! Here are the results of my DIY two-piece set thrift flip! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to turn a dress into a two-piece set. I love the summery look and how easy it was to transform the dress into two separate garments, as well as how I could tailor the outfit to my measurements. Using a button-down dress definitely helped hide the edges.

If you use this tutorial, let me know your results in the comments section!

Suggested materials:
  • Dress
  • Seam ripper
  • Measuring tape
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