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basic convertible dress

Added Jun 21, 2011

by ginasophia

New York, New Yo...






I made this dress as an easy “i’m running out and am tired of jeans and white tee” outfit. It is 2 pieces and 4 seams. I can see this as a base for many accessories, I particularly love it with a belt. Ant it can be worn high as a baby-doll, low as a high-waisted skirt, or my favorite way as an empire style with a top cuff.

I also can see this in an assortment of fabrics and lengths, so I made a quick (like super duper quick) tutorial so you all can try this out as well!

Material Notes

jersey knit




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type

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    Jul 29, 2011, 11.42 AMby reLYME

    About how much yardage did you use? I’m trying to figure out how much I would need to make this.

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    Jul 8, 2011, 03.03 PMby Sewing And Style

    love love love- genious simplicity!!!!! How much fabric did you end up using approximately- I think I am your size

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    Jul 5, 2011, 10.32 PMby zanne101

    Hope this doesn’t post twice – something weird just happened as I was writing this. Thanks for pointing me to the instructions tab – I clicked on the photo of the instructions instead of the tab. Some days I am so dense :-} I love this little dress. Have you worn it as a high waist skirt or empire with the little Tshirt tucked in? Or does that not work? I sort of remember something similar that Audrey Hepburn wore in one of her movies. Very versatile. Thanks

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      Jul 6, 2011, 04.36 PMby ginasophia

      I have worn it highwaisted with thin slim fitting shirts and camis tucked in, and it works fine without becoming rumpled under the skirt… i tend not to wear a lot of closely fitting bottoms and tops together, not do i really like wearing knits with knits so I didnt have any pics of it. it wouldnt work with the tshirt pictured above tucked in because that is a cropped top. I think because the skirt is 4 layers of knit when folded down it will hide the outlines of tucked tops underneath.

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    Jun 23, 2011, 10.02 PMby asf

    I definitely have one almost exactly like this in my closet (or maybe in my laundry hamper??) right now. I love it’s versatility.

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    Jun 22, 2011, 01.56 PMby turtlegirl00

    so excited to try this—it is adorable! could be dressed up or down—perfect summer dress! :)

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    Jun 22, 2011, 12.54 PMby masty

    Simple and gorgeous… I really like it!

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    Jun 22, 2011, 10.38 AMby loyl8

    thanks for the how to very cute

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    Jun 22, 2011, 01.48 AMby nattyjane

    Great dress! I really like the circle skirt and the photo of you twirling.

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      Jun 22, 2011, 09.04 PMby ginasophia

      thank you! I was doing my best not to fall and to get the skirt high enough for the timer lol!

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    Jun 22, 2011, 01.01 AMby Zyanya Walker

    gorgeous dress/skirt! it looks great on you and lovely with the tee. Thank you for posting the instructions, i think im going to make this :)

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      Jun 22, 2011, 09.03 PMby ginasophia

      i cant wait to see yours!

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    Jun 22, 2011, 12.53 AMby puffling

    Thanks for this. I’ve been thinking about how to whip up something like this, but I would not have thought to make a full circle skirt and then I would have been disappointed! I’ll post when I make mine too.

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      Jun 22, 2011, 09.03 PMby ginasophia

      i am more of a pants girl but circle skirts are enough fun to get me into a dress! i lo0k forward to your version :)

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    Jun 22, 2011, 12.07 AMby zanne101

    The PDF is cut off on the side and doesn’t show all the sketches and/or notes. This looks cute and easy.

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      Jun 22, 2011, 12.13 AMby ginasophia

      yeah, that is a burdastyle formatting issue. if you click on the instructions tab above the photo you can see the entire tutorial. good luck!

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