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DIY: Upcycling my dress into a Bodysuit

I wish I could put more time into bettering my sewing abilities. I used to sew all the time back in middle school and high school to make (simple) cosplays. I wasn’t very good at it but it gave me a small sense of accomplishment whenever I made something for myself.

So today I’m going to take a little bit of time to do some mental self-care and up-cycle one of my old dresses into a bodysuit. This dress has withstood the test of time. It’s one of my mom’s old dresses from back when she was my age. I love this dress so much. The material is so stretchy and the color compliments my skin well but I can’t really wear this outside of the house. And this piece deserves to breath fresh air.


  • Washable marker for clothes- you can find this in the sewing section of any department store
  • Scissors- Preferably scissors for cutting clothes but any pair will do as long as their sharp
  • Ruler/tape measure
  • Thread/needle
  • Clips/pins- to keep the fabric from moving

Total Craft Time: 1 Hour

I don’t have a manequinn so I’ll basically be eyeballing this project.

First things first, I always start by ironing my clothes. Even for material like this, you don’t any wrinkles to throw off your measurement. Turn your dress inside out, try it on and mark an inch below your hip bones to measure out your leg holes. Now take the dress off and lay it on the ground, take your favorite pair of panties or swim bottoms and trace the leg openings . Then once you’re finished tracing, go ahead and cut off the outside pieces. I always cut just a little bit away from my trace marks so have room to make a hem. (Pictures)

I don’t have a sewing machine in my apartment, so I’ll be using the machines curtesy of the sewing club at one of my schools.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can do this by hand it’ll just take a little bit longer.

After an hour or so, I now have a nice new body suit that I can dress up and play around with. I’m sure my mom would like to see her old dress still being put to good use.

Are there any other sewing fanatics out there? Have you recently made any new projects?

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