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DIY The Shift Dress

I mean, come on. It wouldn't be the holidays without a touch of elegant, would it? This is easy to add to any old dress… instant lift!

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before and after

You need:

  • a dress with a waist seam – make sure the waistline is big enough to fit as the neckline above your breasts, and the skirt part is long enough to make a dress. Alternatively you could make a top using the same method if the dress is too short.
  • A needle
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Something for straps – this dress came with a belt so we used that, making it really easy!

DIY shift pinafore dress www.apairandasparediy.com

How to:

1. Start by cutting the dress in half along the waist seam. You’ll need to unzip the dress all the way down so that the zipper part doesn’t get cut off, you’re going to need that to get in and out of the dress. I also made sure to cut just above the waist seam (rather than below it) so I could turn that edge over and keep the seam for structure.

Stay tuned for what we’re going to do to the top half!

DIY shift pinafore dress www.apairandasparediy.com

2. Roll the top edge over and sew it down by hand. I used an invisible stitch, where you make long stitches at the back and tiny ones ones at the front.

DIY shift pinafore dress www.apairandasparediy.com

3. Once you have sewn all the way around make sure to sew the edges of the zip down so the zip doesn’t come off.

DIY shift pinafore dress www.apairandasparediy.com

4. I cut the belt in half, removed the buckle and then sewed the straps on.

DIY shift pinafore dress www.apairandasparediy.com

5. Voila! Make sure you iron really well to better hide the stitches.

DIY shift pinafore dress www.apairandasparediy.com

I like that it’s really simple, and great to dress up with minimalist accessories. If you would like to have more definition at the waist (the type of dress I are more inclined to wear) you can simply add a belt to cinch in waist.

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