How to Make a Dress Into a Two-Piece Set in a Few Easy Steps

Elegra Margiela
by Elegra Margiela
6 Materials
20 Minutes

Here I’m going to show you how to make a dress into a two-piece set. I have a dress that I really like to wear, but unfortunately, it got a hole in one of the sleeves. So instead of just throwing the dress away, with the help of my trusty sewing machine, I am going to transform it into a new two-piece set. This will allow me to get continued wear out of my dress. Let’s get started!

Tools and materials:

  • Dress
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Ruler
  • Needle and thread
How to turn a dress into a two-piece set

1. Cut

Fold over the sleeves of the dress and cut under the top button, so you have room to hem the top of the dress.

Pinning the topof the dress

2. Pin

Fold down the top of the dress and hem it. Make sure that you hem it evenly so that you’ll be able to do up the buttons once it’s sewn (if you are using a dress with buttons like I am).

Sewing the new hem

3. Sew

Then take it to the sewing machine and do a straight stitch across.

Making straps for the top

4. Create the straps

Use the sleeves to cut out two rectangles that are 2 inches (14cm) wide and 14 inches (36cm) long. Then use a straight stitch to sew them right sides together. These will be the straps of your dress. Once sewn, turn them right side out.

How to make a two-piece set

5. Connect to the dress

Pin the straps onto the dress, a few inches away from the main button in the middle. Make sure you pin the straps evenly on both sides. You can use a ruler to measure the distance if just eyeballing it would be too hard for you.

Cutting the dress in half

6. Cut dress in half

Next, pin and then cut your dress in half to make it into a top and a skirt.

Hemming the bottom of the top

7. Hem

Fold over the bottom of the top as well as the top of the skirt, pin the material and then sew it down with a straight stitch.

How to make a two-piece set skirt

8. Add embroidery

I wanted to add something to the skirt so that it didn’t look so plain jane. I took my scissors and a needle and thread and sewed on some lovely embroidered flowers, which I think give the outfit a cool and cute spring look.

How to make a dress into a two-piece set

How to make a dress into a two-piece set

Not only was the dress ripped, but it was also kind of plain, and the sleeves were long and itchy for the summer. Now we have it looking extra boujee.

DIY two-piece set

Look, that’s me on the front cover of a fashion magazine because I feel like I could be a model when I’m wearing this stylish two-piece set!

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Dress
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
See all materials

The author may collect a small share of sales from the links on this page.

Join the conversation