25 DIY Dress Refashion and Upcycle Tutorials

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Use one of these dress refashion and upcycle tutorials to make a new dress from something old. Start with a dress or end with a dress!

Dress refashions can be hard because each dress you find is unique. You might not be able to find a tutorial that works with what you have. Luckily, I found some dress refashion tutorials that are pretty basic so you can use them for any dress you have.

I have a list of dress refashions for women and for girls.

dress refashion tutorials

What is refashioning?

Refashioning is to fashion clothing again or differently. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing clothing to fit different or to look different, but the majority of the item stays the same.

What is upcycling?

Upcycling is to reuse material to create something better than the original. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing adult clothing into clothing for children or I’m sewing clothing into an accessory or house item.

lace top refashion

Do you love to refashion? Check out these other lists!

Dress Refashion Tutorials

Women's Dress Refashion Tutorials


If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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I believe small sewing moments can create great joy. Find your own “right” way to sew. -Heather

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Just came across your site and love how you like to repurpose clothing. I was most interested in the green print dress that you cut off the top part of the bodice and added the lace in its place. I have a tube dress in a stretch fabric that I would like to recut so I have shoulders and armholes. It will mean the dress will become a top, but that is okay as it will get more use. Your post on that dress has inspired me and I am assuming I can just overlay a bodice pattern to cut the neck, shoulders and armholes to do the top. If you have any suggestions for me, it would be great appreciated. Thank you and I look forward to reading through your other “renovation” projects.

If you don’t have any clothes that need a new look, go out and dig around for some thrift shop challenges to makeover and update! It’s an inexpensive way to practice your sewing skills and exercise creativity. 

Thank you for including my dress! Glad I found your blog. 🙂

Thanks so much for including my dress, Heather.