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Dress To Romper DIY | The Style Pile #12

November 16, 2019

There is a box, in the corner of my sewing
room. It is a box whose contents have not seen the
light of day for many a month. Many crafters will be familiar with this box,
in all of its forms: There’s the ever-growing amorphous lump
that lies underneath your desk… The monster underneath your bed… The stuff you vacuum-packed in a fit of organization
and stuffed into your garage in the hopes that you’d never have to deal with it again… This, my friends, is the UNFINISHED SEWING
PILE. So the item that I pulled out of the Style
Pile box today was… Lol, joke, this second pile over here is the
REST of the Style Pile, an extension of the box that’s flowed out into the corner of
my studio. Anyway, the item that I pulled out of the
depths of this mess is… this dress! This dress is originally from a store called
Mod Dolly from about 2012, HOWEVER I don’t really wear short dresses right now, they’re
a little bit too cutesy for me – so, I thought that I would turn this dress into a ROMPER! By the way, thank you to all of the people
who suggested that I do this DIY! And just so you all know I have an older video
on doing exact the opposite, which is turning a jumpsuit into a dress. ANYWAY back to the project at hand, you need
to cut your dress to the length that you want your romper to be FIRST. My dress didn’t need any cutting because
it’s already short enough and I wanted the romper to be about this length, but if you
have a longer dress and you want to make it in a shorter romper, then cut it to the desired
length with a pair of scissors FIRST. Next I turned my dress inside out and I laid
it down flat so that the front of the dress was facing up. Then I folded the dress in half, down the
middle of the front, like this, making sure that that side seams of the dress matched
up here, and that THIS fold was EXACTLY at the centre front of the dress. Next, I put pins into the centre-front fold
to make sure all 4 layers of fabric – the front and the back of the dress – were going
to stay in the same place. Then, I drew a little curved line like this
onto the inside of the fabric, that was about 1 and a half inches high and ¾ of an inch
wide, and then I cut on this line through all 4 layers of fabric. Then I unfolded the dress and I ended up with
this. The next thing I did was to simply sew along
this new “crotch” part like this. I used a straight stitch and I sewed along
the seam twice for extra reinforcement around the crotch. I finished off the seam by clipping the raw
edge with a pair of pinking shears to prevent fraying, you could also serge this seam to
finish it off neatly OR you can just leave it as it is. Now, this is the basic romper DONE but you’ll
notice that if you leave it here, and depending on the fabric and width of your original skirt,
you’ll probably get a lot of “bunching” at the crotch area… which doesn’t look
so good. SO, to get rid of that, I folded my new romper
back into this position. Then, I grabbed a pair of slightly loose-fitting
shorts that I already owned, and I folded them in half the same way I did for the dress,
so that they looked like this. I then placed the shorts on top of the romper,
matching up the crotch seams. You can see that the front panel of the pair
of shorts goes inwards like this, which reduces the “crotchal-bulk” (that’s not a term)
– anyway I traced this shape onto my own romper using a fabric pen. The pen is kinda
hard to see on the video but the line is HERE. Next, I pulled the back of the romper away
from the front – because I only want to sew through 2 layers of fabric here, through
the FRONT of the romper only. And then, I sewed straight up this line using
a straight stitch. To finish this seam off, and get rid of that
extra fabric at the crotch, I cut away the excess fabric from the seam using some pinking
shears so that the fabric wouldn’t fray. Now, you’ll also notice that when I placed
the shorts onto the romper, the bottoms of the shorts curved upwards away from the crotch
like this. So if you don’t do this next step, your
romper’s shorts will curve down from the crotch like this. What I want to do is make the legholes more
“straight” across my legs. So to do this, I traced around the bottom of the pair of
shorts, adding about 1 inch hemming allowance, and then I cut along this line through ALL
4 layers of fabric – so through both the front and the back of the romper. I unfolded this and then I serged around the
bottom of both leg holes – this step is optional, it just stops fraying, you can also
cut it with pinking shears – and then, with the romper still inside-out, I made a hem
around the leg holes by folding the fabric up, about a half an inch, like this, and sewing
all the way around the leg. AND…. This is my finished romper! [Music plays] It worked out so well and it looks fantastic
– I love it! Here are the before and the afters! NOW, before I go, it’s worth mentioning
that you can only use this method on a dress that you can pull up over your hips and waist
– so on a dress that has a zipper or buttons or a tie-up front like mine. But next episode, I’ll be showing you how
you can use this method on a dress that you pull on over your head, so… a dress without
zippers [or other ways to get it on]. I hope you guys are having a great week, thanks
for watching, and I’ll see you all next time. Bye! Thank to all of my supporters on Patreon for
making these videos possible! To become my Patreon supporter, go to


  • Reply Brittany Godin October 3, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Make. Thrift. Buy suggestion <3 <3 <3 please do. I want to make it but i dont have a ton of good sewing talent and would love to see you try. <3 sending love from canada

  • Reply Danielle Timmermans October 3, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    I need help! I shrunk my fave dress and now it doesn't fit! I've only warn it once!

    It's a zipper dress so I was thinking of just making it a corset backed dress but nowhere can I find a decent vid on how to do it! Please help me save this dress! Love u

  • Reply Alaina Poppiti October 4, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Hi Annika! Been a fan of you since I found the pineneedle collective back in '12. I found this online but it doesn't have a clear source. It's clear its a sailor collar/hoodie hybrid button up jacket. I'm really interested in the iron on transfer and making an attachable sailor collar, if it's even possible. Thanks for your awesome vids!

  • Reply Momo C. - Style & Sewing October 4, 2016 at 3:15 am

    I was wondering if you'd be able to do this since the skirt didn't look like it'd give enough fabric.

    ❥❥❥FASHION | DIY | Come visit me. 🙂

  • Reply Maddy Pringle October 4, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Can you make a beret?

  • Reply Vlk Etto October 4, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    Just put the skirt in between your legs get a bobbie pin pin the front part to the back part EASY ROMPER

  • Reply Kelly Laird October 4, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Please please please, try to create something like these!!
    Love ya!

  • Reply ZodiacCloud October 4, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    could you make a hoodie with horns? i can't find anything online but i would like to try making this myself for Halloween and since you are so talented at sewing and stuff i thought maybe i could watch you attempt it :3 the most i have seen online are hoodies with cat ears or horns but with lots of added things i personally don't like :T thank you if you read this (^3^)

  • Reply Annika Victoria October 4, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Spanish and Dutch subtitles are now available! Thanks to +Marieke Verstappen and +Alma González for providing the translations!

  • Reply Nichole vasquez October 5, 2016 at 1:57 am

    can you do some halloween diy?? i would love to get into sewing but i have no clue where to even start lol. you inspire me so much and i love your show.

  • Reply grimesreaper October 5, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    im so glad you've done this tutorial!! there are a few dresses i've picked up from thrifting that i've been wanting to do this too 😊
    also as a request, would love to see you make something like this shirt

  • Reply FencingBryony October 5, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    could you do this next please…

  • Reply Rebecca Fear October 6, 2016 at 12:27 am

    So cute!! I have been thinking about doing something like this, but was afraid they would turn out wonky. Now I'll have to give it a try 🙂

  • Reply PotitoChan October 6, 2016 at 1:39 am

    Anika, Do you know how to make Anime-like Stockings? I tried to make somethin similar to this With the sock tutorial (but longer) but they just keep Falling down and they are suppose to stay up… also my tights are really Thick so i can't just buy some online…

  • Reply Daniel m October 6, 2016 at 1:47 am

    how about how to turn mid rise pants to high waisted? if thats even possible pls!!

  • Reply Obarra Guarido October 6, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I've been searching this skirt everywhere and I can't find it, could you DIY in your next make thrift buy?
    It is a skirt Selena Gome wore two years ago in the videos of her walmart soundcheck

  • Reply Maggie October 6, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    I think this dress would be perfect for #MakeThriftBuy!

  • Reply kiya mcgregor October 7, 2016 at 4:48 am

  • Reply Shelby Jones October 7, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I have a lot of baggy t-shirts because the humane society only sells shirts in like extra large could you make a video on how to make a shirt smaller?

  • Reply Valerie Moshier October 7, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Omg those shorts are so cute! also, ive been dying for a tutorial on this!! 💖✌

  • Reply Kaitlin Cole October 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    you should turn a pullover sweatshirt into a zip hoodie.

  • Reply FunkyPie October 8, 2016 at 11:41 am

    Hey! Show us how to make a sturdy supporting sports bra, please 🙂

  • Reply 5ft Life October 8, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    Really love the print on this as well! Such a great channel 😁 👌🏻

  • Reply Brenda Melo October 8, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hey you can make the clip Rihanna clothes would be wonderful , the onesie 🌹🌹😊🙃

  • Reply OmenaOmega October 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    Haha, i was thinking of this video because I thrifted pants with quite bad "crotchal bulk" issues xD
    At first I thought I could just downsize them by taking the sides in, but after identifying the real problem I realize that I have to seam-rip the front zipper and modify the crotch line, this is going to be a challenge!

  • Reply berrycrafty 101 October 13, 2016 at 12:49 am
    could you try these mermaid tights. They are soooo cool but I want to know how to make them.

  • Reply Juliette A October 13, 2016 at 8:01 am These are a pair of jeans that I really like but the are super expensive and sold out. I was wondering if to try and make them if you would get a normal pair of jeans and cut along the side seem, hem the edges, insert lots of eyelets either side and then lace them up. Do you think that would work ??

  • Reply bolle_bunny October 14, 2016 at 3:10 pm


  • Reply Gavin The Spleen October 18, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    if too tight around the legs (for dresses that are tight fitting) – open the seams on the side of each leg and sew the sides in and down to hem them- creating side slits

  • Reply paulinedlm October 20, 2016 at 8:21 am


  • Reply Phycho Cat October 22, 2016 at 4:00 am

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do a heart choker tutorial, or just any big choker tutorial because they're freekin expensive

  • Reply Maike S October 24, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    I know it's not really your style but you should try to recreate one of these!

  • Reply Haley Weigman October 27, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    If you have a longer dress, how should we measure where to start cutting the crotch seam?

  • Reply si pues October 28, 2016 at 6:41 pm

    please anika! do this! I need this in my Life! , but is way to expensive for me! 🙁

  • Reply Alissa Purplebunnies November 4, 2016 at 4:02 am

    hi! so i don't know if this is common or just like my body, but crotch-bunching happens for me on every romper i have ever worn- and many pairs pants and shorts, too. i have no idea what the cause is and how to fix it. is it just something that happens with rompers and i have to deal with it? or is there some sort of way i could customize my romper to make it not crotch-bunchy? my pairs of jeans that don't bunch at the crotch have much more in the back than the front, so that might be the key, but i don't know how i would translate that to when making the romper. thanks!

  • Reply sharshey November 4, 2016 at 8:20 am

    would this work on a dress made of stretchy fabric? I have ones that's made of a pretty sturdy jersey, which I bought from a school fair but ended up being too short. I either want to turn it into a two piece or a romper, but I just wanted to make sure that this would work before I go ahead and try it!

  • Reply Alex Thomas November 7, 2016 at 2:44 am

    U r a genius idk why u don't have over 1 million subs FR THO

  • Reply Lemon November 7, 2016 at 7:36 pm

    Wow this is perfect! I love rompers but can never wear store bought ones because I have a tall body, so they feel like they're cutting me in half!

  • Reply Lucky Lex November 12, 2016 at 11:32 am

    omg those purple flower shorts!!! where can I get my hands on a pair lol!?

  • Reply Kaity December 17, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Can you do this with a long dress to make a jumpsuit?

  • Reply Paige Burlace January 7, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Would this work with a maxi dress, turning it into a jumpsuit?

  • Reply lylylol33 January 17, 2017 at 2:41 am

    Omg the shorts you used to trace are SOOOOO cute!!! Where did you get them?

  • Reply Sheanze January 29, 2017 at 11:03 am

    the tutorial starts at 1:10

  • Reply M2th1lde February 6, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    hy my dress has pleats will this diy be difficult or impossible to achieve?

  • Reply Tina Deaton March 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I have a long jean dress that has a zipper on the back and i want to turn into a romper but it seems alot of work if i have to take the whole thing off to go to the bathroom so i want to add snaps in the crotch like the toddler rompers…any ideas?

  • Reply Olive Marie March 4, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Thank you so much for this tutorial!!

  • Reply emma rae March 6, 2017 at 4:35 am

    i'm excited to try this but also kind of nervous bc i've never really tried sewing clothing before, but it seems easy enough. i just have to figure out how to do this with a dress that has a 2 layered skirt

  • Reply Nolomouscheval March 25, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    I wanted to do this hut the dress i want to change has the cutest lace that goes goes into triangles at the bottom so i would have to cut it off , any ideas?

  • Reply Beth Groskreutz March 25, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Could you show us how to make the shorts you used as your pattern in this video?

  • Reply Shani April 27, 2017 at 6:57 am

    haha I made a romper today just like this video lool I saw this video before and thought of it as I was making my romper today it saved my life cheers lol

  • Reply Ivy Vanderpool May 7, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    can you please make fingerless leather gloves? please please please!!!! it would match my leather jacket and I want to see how to make it…. please

  • Reply Jana Belokona May 9, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    I have a couple of short skirts and would like to make shorts. Now I know how. Thanks!))

  • Reply Toni May 11, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Can i do this with a pencil dress . it has the same length as the dress in the visro

  • Reply Sirian Langer May 18, 2017 at 10:58 pm

    Can you DIY bell pants

  • Reply Taylor May 20, 2017 at 4:13 am

    honestly I don't even have a sewing machine but I binge watch videos like these for hours. I have an interesting in sewing but I definitely can't afford a sewing machine.

  • Reply Bryony Storey May 26, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Just used your tutorial to change my own dress into a jumpsuit, I'm much happier with it now and have a cute but simple outfit for summer🌞 thank you for uploading every video, it's inspired me to diy my clothes instead of just getting rid of them 💕

  • Reply Creative Scorpion June 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks so much!! New subbie!!!

  • Reply Ashlee Walsh June 11, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I made this and it turned out amazing!!!!!

  • Reply Nina June 12, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Can you maybe do a video on how to make a dress with a tie up keyhole thing like that/do that to an old dress? :3

  • Reply Hope Cotney June 12, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    lmao this is actually going to help me with my kankuro cosplay ahdjshfjs

  • Reply Amanda Stypul June 22, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    Thank you for this simple and clearly instructed video. I know exactly which dress I want to convert!

  • Reply Christina Taylor July 5, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I transformed my floor length, mormon-style dress into a romper and i love it so much!! thank you!!!

  • Reply יעל מי? July 5, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Very useful thanks!!

  • Reply Alyssa July 26, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Love the video unfortunately my little project didn't go so well 😞 crotch was a little too high 😂

  • Reply PotitoChan August 2, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Would this work for turning a Skirt into shorts?

  • Reply WonderfullyAG August 17, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    What do i do if my dress has a second layer/ petticoat? should i sew that too or just seam rip it out, it kinda serves no purpose other than to make the dress flare out, but its attached to the zipper so I'm scared if i seam rip it it will make the zipper detach in the back.

  • Reply Arava Glam September 6, 2017 at 11:16 am

    Great video!!!
    Highly recommend you on
    They are looking for people who do DIY,craft, tips etc
    (especially if you do it as a hobby)

  • Reply Love talks September 21, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    Can you use hot glue

  • Reply Vidya Sahani November 4, 2017 at 8:35 am

    its good idea

  • Reply Mad Dodeuil January 19, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Could you turn a dress into a pinafore?
    I have a cute camisole that can't see the light of day because it's meant for pijamas. Upcycling it into a pinafore yould breathe life back into it

  • Reply Maya Cecilie Ellingsen March 17, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Do you think this would work with a knee length swing dress? Id like to keep the length!

  • Reply oniria March 18, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    i think i'll try this! thank you for this

  • Reply Tea Jay April 12, 2018 at 2:25 am

    I have a dress of my Mimi’s that I might try this on!

  • Reply Jacob Staten May 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Why would one do this? 😒

  • Reply Annette Chua May 16, 2018 at 1:54 am


  • Reply Dahlia Velazquez Videos May 21, 2018 at 3:20 am

    I need to do this!

  • Reply Star Shine May 24, 2018 at 8:03 pm

    Wait this is really fairly easy
    I guess it is time to turn this lovely dress I bought into a romper!! (:

  • Reply Madam Kişot May 26, 2018 at 7:48 am

    Can ı turn my maxi dress to jumpsuit with the same vway?

  • Reply weirdly cool May 27, 2018 at 7:43 am

    Can you do one for turning skirt into shorts

  • Reply Zoo Li June 1, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    How about making a romper from scratch? Or an overall shorts.

  • Reply Rachel Smith June 24, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I tried this yesterday 🙁 Mine did not turn out. The dress had an elastic top, which could be worn on or off the shoulder. However, due to me wanting the legs to be about 6 inches in length and the fact I am plus size; the garment pulled from the crotch, and the legs ended up not being full enough. I used a dress that was A lined I guess I needed a half or full skirt dress.

  • Reply Meow Meow Kapow July 25, 2018 at 4:47 am

    I have a friend who said she wished she could make her own rompers. I linked her this video and said “I believe in you.”

  • Reply victoria tillero July 28, 2018 at 7:40 am

    how can you make a regular dress/romper have the little slit in the middle like yours??? also is there any way to make a long skirt into baggy pants?

  • Reply Joy Jackson August 2, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    so helpful

  • Reply v loominati August 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm

    i absolutely love this!! would this method work if i wanted to turn a maxi dress into a jumpsuit as well? i can't imagine it would be too different.

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  • Reply River Koritko September 17, 2018 at 2:06 am

    super cute and helpful but im trying to do a jumpsuit so idk if i would do my initial crotch stitch all the way down so i might need to find another video lol

  • Reply Lala Gamma September 22, 2018 at 2:18 pm


  • Reply Kyra Williams October 22, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    I messed up bc I didn’t know how you pulled the back from the front 😩 now I’m trying to unstitch the threading but it’s hard kinda 😭

  • Reply Hannah Adams December 20, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Would this work with a maxi dress if I wanted to turn it into dungarees? Or would I have to take it apart a bit

  • Reply Charemaine Bañez December 28, 2018 at 4:48 am

    hi can u turn a denim jumper skirt to shorts? haha your videos are helping me so much!!!!!!

  • Reply Nathalie OM December 28, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Thank you 🙂 it worked♡

  • Reply The Fat Platychillas January 24, 2019 at 3:34 am

    ur a blessing omg

  • Reply •jessica• January 27, 2019 at 12:49 am

    oh girl you are STUNNING

  • Reply Alo Tellz April 1, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Just what i need it! ♥️

  • Reply AyyeeitsSabrina_ April 30, 2019 at 1:26 am

    So glad I found a video of you doing this because I literally don't trust anyone else to teach me xD

  • Reply Almond Flour May 26, 2019 at 2:58 am

    I like the way that you laid this video out —- taught us why you should cut it in certain shapes

  • Reply Star_Trek_Babe July 17, 2019 at 8:36 pm

    Worked great!! My new shorts are so cute 🙂

  • Reply CynM K July 21, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Can I use this to make a jumpsuit or is that different?

  • Reply Marie Schmidt July 29, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Does this still work if the front part of the dress is wider than then back?

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