For over a year I had this cute pink knit dress hanging in my closet that I never wore because it was just a little too short to get away with wearing in public. So I thought I would try to transform it from a dress into a super fashionable, wearable bodysuit! It turned out even better than I expected and now it’s a piece that I’ll wear all the time.
This DIY is incredibly easy and takes only 30 minutes to complete. You don’t need a sewing machine for this either (although it does help if you want to finish your seams, but not necessary!)
All you need:
- A tight knit dress – this DIY would be more difficult with a flowy dress, but not impossible! However if using a flowy dress, sewing would be necessary to fit the dress to your body.
- Velcro or no-sew snaps
- E6000 glue
- A marker
- A pair of underwear or bathing suit bottoms
LET’S GET TO WORK
First, put the dress on inside-out and using the marker, mark an inch below your hip bones on either side. Then take the dress off and lay it down, still inside-out. Grab your underwear and line up the bottom hem with the hip mark you made on the dress. This will help you gauge where your leg cutouts will be. Trace the leg openings of your underwear on the dress. When you get to the crotch of your underwear draw straight down to the hem of your dress. Then cut out the two leg holes. Try the dress on again to make sure you’re happy with where your leg openings sit on your body. Consider that you’ll usually wear a bodysuit with pants, so you may even want to try it on with your favorite pair of jeans to make sure it fits properly. If you’re happy with the fit, move on to the next step.
*sorry for all the deodorant stains
Optional step: sew the hem of your bodysuit if you prefer a more finished look (I did). Depending on the fabric of your dress, you may want to do this to prevent any fraying or unraveling. But again, not necessary! When wearing the bodysuit, nobody will see the hem so it’s up to you.
Next, the crotch closure. If you’re using velcro, cut 1-inch strips of each side of your velcro. Using your E6000 glue, secure the soft side of the velcro to the outside of the crotch and the rough side of the velcro to the inside of the crotch (or you can sew it in, like I did). See the pictures below if this is confusing.
Try on your new bodysuit and voila!! You’ve done it! Super easy, right?
Here’s what my final garment looks like off-body and styled in a complete outfit. I was really excited about this easy project, because I loved the look of this dress but seriously never wore it because it was so short on me #bigbootyprobs. And now I’ll be rocking this bodysuit all the time!!
Out of all my DIYs, this may be the easier yet! Lots of you on Instagram asked for this tutorial, so I seriously encourage you to try this one! And if you do, please tag me in your creations!
And as always, thank you for reading!! XOXO