An Easy DIY Romper (from an Old Dress!) 1
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An Easy DIY Romper (from an Old Dress!)

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On January 1 of this year, I was feeling really confident. “This is going to be my year!” I proclaimed to my friends.

Pretty much everything in my life was going great and getting better. Personal life? Awesome! Career? Going great too! Hobbies? Super into ’em! Travel plans? Lots!

Fast forward a few months to where I’m laid off, my hubs is furloughed, and we’re down to our last roll of toilet paper during one of the scariest times in modern history.

dress to romper before
At least it’s one of those super-size rolls?

While I would have expected myself to be completely freaked out right now, my anxiety is taking a back seat to my scrappy sense of self-sufficiency.

As the economy opens up again, the world is going to need creative people who can pivot and adapt. I’m reasonably resourceful and talented. I’ll be fine. *shrug*

I think, in these wildly uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to keep the creative problem-solving part of our brains sharp, don’t you?

Speaking of taking something not-so-great and turning it into something better, let’s do a Refashion!

The above dress isn’t awful and it isn’t great either. It’s just a basic, kind of dated floral print jersey dress without much going for or against it. I’ve had it in my refashion stash for a while, uncertain of what to do with it.

I don’t know about you guys, but while I’ve been at home lately I haven’t been in a very “dressy” mood.

That’s when the idea hit me. Why not turn this dress into a cute comfy romper?

This refashion is incredibly easy and takes about five minutes. It does involve some sewing, but only a little. You could easily hand stitch it.

Before trying to make a romper of your own, make sure your starter dress has a full front or full back closure. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get into your romper when it’s done. Which would be a bummer.

Here we go!

First, I carefully chose where I wanted the crotch of my romper to be and added a few inches to that length (You’ll see why in a bit).

I cut off everything below that point like so:

cutting off bottom of dress for romper
Chop!

Then, I snipped out a triangle notch on the bottom center.

snipping fabric from dress to make romper
Just a tiny snip!
making legs of DIY romper
The legs are forming!

I took my dress/romper, turned it inside out, and pinned along the cut-out triangle.

pinning crotch for diy romper
Almost done!

After a quick whirrr of my sewing machine, my new DIY romper was born!

stitching crotch for romper
Just a wee whirrr!

Since the original dress was of a non-fraying jersey knit, this meant I didn’t need to hem the leg holes. Which was a good thing, as this romper definitely ended up on the short side.

I also snipped off the bottom of the dress’ original hem to make a sash for my waist.

cutting sash for refashion
Refash a sash!

And here’s my romper now!

DIY romper from dress after
Ready to romp!

I decided I wasn’t quite feeling the original neckline of this piece, so I just unbuttoned the top button and folded the sides inward to make it a V-neck. Easy!

diy romper after
Comfy!

I fully plan on making a few more of these, and may drop the crotch lower for more of a harem pants look for my stay-at-home lounging needs.

Brian and Jillian
It’s okay to be a little nervous about what the future may bring!
refashionista in romper
…and 2020 can stop mucking up my best-laid plans at any time now…
refashionista staring forward
But I’m still looking forward to the amazing opportunities that will come out of all of this.
Jillian and Brian closeup
We have each other, and we’re going to be fine.

Cheers!

DIY Romper from Dress
Yield: 1 Cute Romper!

An Easy DIY Romper (from an old dress!)

DIY Romper from Dress

Turn an old dress into a cute new romper that's perfect for Spring!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Less than $5

Materials

  • 1 Old Dress
  • Thread

Tools

  • Hand Sewing Needle (if not sewing on machine)
  • Sewing Scissors
  • Sewing Machine (Optional)

Instructions

    1. Choose where you want the crotch of your romper to be and add a few inches to that length.
    2. Cut off all skirt fabric below that point.
    3. Snip out a small triangle notch on the bottom center (this will be the crotch).
    4. Turn romper inside-out, and pin along the cut-out triangle.
    5. Stitch the pinned section down by hand or with sewing machine
    6. (Optional) If fabric frays, hem legs of romper.

Notes

Before trying to make a romper of your own, make sure your starter dress has a full front or full back closure. Otherwise, you won’t be able to get into your romper when it’s done. Which would be a bummer.

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