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Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY

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Living in the south means we get several really warm days well into late fall and winter.

I LOVE this, as I hate being cold, but it sometimes makes it challenging to put together an outfit that feels “fall” while still dressing appropriately for the weather.

When I found this romper months ago, I knew I wanted to turn it into a dress, but I wasn’t quite sure when I’d do so.

refashionista Romper to Dress DIY before
But wait…this doesn’t look “fall” at all!

A quick check of the weather forecast for Thanksgiving revealed temps would be in the mid-70’s.

I decided it was time for some romper to dress DIY action!

Want to refashion a dress into a romper instead? I’ve got you covered!

Before I got to the de-rompering part, I first dyed my romper a more autumnal hue.

I chose a mix of these two dyes.

brown and orange rit dye
3 parts orange to 1 part brown.

I prepped my dye bath according to the instructions on the bottle, and submerged my romper for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.

romper in dye bath
It’s taking the dye quite nicely!

After the 40 minutes were up, I dumped out the dye and rinsed my romper in my washing machine using the permanent press cycle with cold water.

Turning a romper into a dress is easy.

I woke up Thanksgiving morning at 5am(!!!!!) to finish my refashion, since I’d also need to help get the house ready for Brian’s parents who would be joining us for our Turkey Day meal. 🙂

I made myself an eggnog latte (a holiday favorite of mine), and got to ripping!

cat orgy mug and seam ripper
Coffee just tastes better out of a vintage cat orgy mug.

I picked open the crotch and inside legs of the romper.

seam ripping crotch of romper
Pick…Pick…Pick…

When I was done, I put the romper on my dress form inside out and pinned the new bottom front and back of my soon-to-be dress.

romper with unpicked crotch on dress form
Soon your transformation with be complete!

Here’s what it looked like from the front:

pinned front of romper to dress refashion

And here’s the back:

back of romper to dress refashion on dress form
Just pin a straight line!

While my dress was on my dress form, I went ahead and pinned the sides as well.

pinning sides of dress on dress form
If your romper fits you just fine, you can skip this step!

As this dress was for Thanksgiving, I left it fairly roomy, especially in the waist to make room for all the tasty noms I’d be consuming.

As I pinned, I noticed there were a few small holes I hadn’t noticed before!

close up of holes in fabric
Oh no!

I grabbed a needle and thread and got to mending!

mending holes by hand
Just a little hand-stitchery!

I took my dress off my dress form and got to work stitching the pinned parts down.

First, I sewed the front and back.

sewing front and back of dress
Just sew the straight line until you meet the point of the front & back seams that have no curve to them!

Then, I sewed the sides.

taking in sides of romper to dress
Whirrrrrr!

I cut off the excess fabric.

cutting off excess fabric with pinking shears
Pinking shears help to keep it from fraying!

Now for the bottom hem!

Reworking the front and back of the romper meant my dress’ hem was now an uneven mess.

Not to worry!

I cut a straight line across the bottom of my dress.

cutting bottom off dress
Fold it in half to make sure the sides are even!

Then, I folded the bottom under and pinned it.

pinning new hem for dress
Just a lil hem.

I stitched my new hem down.

sewing bottom hem
The final bit of sewing for this refashion! Yay!

If you look back at the before pic for this one, you’ll notice the back has a couple of tie thingies on the back which I didn’t really care for. So, I carefully snipped them out!

snipping off ties
Snip!
removed side ties
Byeeeee!

Now I have a Thanksgiving dress I’m truly thankful for!

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after
Ready to feast in my comfy new frock!

I’m glad I went free-waisted with one!

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after close up
Come a little closer!

I styled my new dress with my pixie wig (Hello, Liza), a pair of burgundy boots, a beaded choker, and a favorite pair of burgundy earrings.

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after
Look Ma, no belt!
A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after side view
From the side!
A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after back view
You can’t even tell this was ever a romper!

I think my dress puts off some serious fall vibes. Do you?

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after on tiptoes
Do you like the hue I chose?

I really love the collar on this one too!

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY after selfie
Such a cute detail I didn’t notice at first!

My dress and I enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving feast (mostly prepared by the talented Mr. Refashionista).

Somehow I completely failed to take any food photos, and very few other pics (There is no photo evidence of Brian’s dad being present, but I assure you he was) 😉 so you’ll just have to trust me on this one.

thanksgiving potatoes
The ONE food pic we managed to capture. *facepalm*

While we sadly didn’t get to make our usual trek to Baltimore to spend the holiday with Mr. Refashionista’s sister’s fam, Mr. R’s parents were able to join us for a smaller (but still lovely) celebration. FYI…We’re in regular contact with them as they live nearby. Don’t worry…we’re being safe!

Hopefully things will be a little more normal next year. 🙂

Jillian and Brian
So thankful for this guy. 🙂
Nancy with Benson
Nancy loves her granddogs!
Jillian and Douglas
Douglas says hi!

I hope all of you had a safe and happy Thanksgiving! I’m so grateful for all of you. You let me share my weird thrifty passions with you (and are pretty nice about it), and that means more than I could ever express.

Cheers!

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY before and after
Yield: 1 Dress

Romper to Dress DIY

A Happy Thanksgiving Romper to Dress DIY before and after

I refashioned a romper into a dress and you can too! Learn how in this easy romper to dress DIY upcycle tutorial.

Active Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours

Materials

  • 1 Romper

Tools

  • Seam Ripper
  • Straight Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pinking Shears
  • Fabric Shears
  • Thread

Instructions

  1. Use seam ripper to unpick crotch and inner legs of romper.
  2. Put romper on dress form, and pin a straight line down the front the back where you unpicked the legs. Note: There will be excess fabric, and that's okay!
  3. Sew along the pinned lines, ending where there is only a straight seam with no curve.
  4. Cut off excess fabric with pinking shears.
  5. Make an even cut across the bottom of your dress.
  6. Pin a new hem for the bottom of your dress.
  7. Sew down new hem.
  8. Press everything with iron.
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