There is something very special about taking a piece from last season and making it very now. Sometimes that new outfit you need for an upcoming occasion is right there in your wardrobe, hidden in the form of an abandoned dress, patiently waiting for your imagination to bring it to life. This dress has been made into a matching skirt and top set. It is a fitted style but for a more boxy look, try releasing the darts in the bodice and letting out the side seams.
- Dress with back zip
- Zip, invisible
- Custom sized
Dress to two piece upcycle
Turn the dress inside out and lay it as flat as possible with the zip on the top. From the highest point of both shoulder seams, measure down and mark your shoulder to waist length. Draw a line across these marks.
Open the zip to 5cm below this line. Cut through the dress to separate the bodice and skirt. Remove the zip in the bodice section but keep the zip in the skirt.
Measure the circumference of the waist of the skirt, then your own natural waist. If the dress fits you, then your waist will be slightly smaller; work out the difference between the two.
Divide the difference by two and add this to the dart depth in the back of the skirt, also extend both darts to 15cm long. Insert a zip in the bodice, do this upside down otherwise it will be difficult to get into the top. Use bias binding to hem both the top and the skirt’s waist.