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Today I'm going to show you a really simple DIY turning a swing style dress into a skater style dress. It doesn't require a pattern or measurements and can be easily adapted for use on a large T-Shirt.

The reason I decided to do this was because I bought this dress a while ago (in my lastPrimark Haul)because I really loved the print and the feel of it. I also loved the way it looked on the hanger, it was flowy and feminine, the material is lightweight and perfect for hot summer weather, all in all I just had to have it.The problem is I have only worn it once and that is because I discovered that I didn't like the way it looked on me I felt bigger than I am in it and the sleeves, while they weren't restricting, rode up slightly on my shoulders, it was also a little longer that I like as I am only short. My solution was to give it a revamp. I removed the sleeves and have given it a more modern look with the straight cut bodice and for a really simple skirt I have just gathered in places and added pleats then attached it to the top. Let's get started!

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Things you'll need:

  • A high neck t-shirt that fits you well
  • Dress you are altering(or Large T-Shirt you are using)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional it can be done by hand but will take longer)
  • Pins
  • Hemming web (again optional as you can stitch the hem)
  • Iron


Simply lay out your dress on a flat surface, then take your t-shirt and fold it at the waist. Lay the shirt over the dress matching up the necklines and give yourself 1-1 inch allow and and cut the create the top and skirt. Next fold the sleeves of the shirt in to create a sloping sides either side.

Cut following this line leaving your seam allowance. Be careful not to cut through the collar of the dress as we want that in tact.Do the same if you are using a large T-Shirt but also cut down the sides of the top leaving your seam allowance turn the top piece you have just cut inside out and pin the sides and sew together (but not the armholes leave them open!) Continue with the rest of the tutorial the same.


The skirt piece will undoubtedly be too big but there is no need to go measuring and cutting simply put it around your waist (get a friend to help if you want) and add it some pleats or folds and pin them down or simply use a gathering stitch. Do this until the skirt piece is small enough for your waist it's best to leave it a little loose so that coupled with a little stretch in the fabric will allows you to get it on and off over your head:)Also the looseness will help you feel cooler on the summer heat.


I decided to sew a couple of stitches to hold down each pleat so that I could remove the pins this just made it easier of connecting the two pieces however you don't have to do this.


Put the top inside the skirt with the right sides together. Match up the side seams and pin, continue to pin all the way around the skirt. Once you have done that sew the together using a sewing machine or by hand.


The only place that needs a hem now that our two pieces are connected is the arm holes turn the dress inside out and then fold the fabric around the arms towards you and iron flat creating a folded edge for the hem. If you are sewing pin this down and sew either by hand or machine. If you're using hemming web cut strips to size place in the fold (under the top layer of fabric) and iron once again to bond them together. Repeat on the other side and you are done.

I think this creates such a chic looking dress that has a fun print and keeps you cool. It's everything you need out of a summer dress! I think this is such an easy dress to style and can be used to create a variety looks, my current favorite way to style this is for casual summer day wear. With a few simple accessories this dress can make a statement.

My current favorite items to pair with this are a large soft knitted, tassel Kimono, gold collar necklace, black thick heeled sandals, my mint green satchel for a pop of color and a large floppy hat with complimentary daisies on.

As always (now that it is summer) I am wearing my Maybelline color sensational lipstick in electric orange to complete the look and here it is:

How would you style the dress?

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Posted in Photograph Post Date 03/19/2018






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