the magical convertible dress

i decided to make something for myself for once. i can't even remember the last time i made myself a dress or anything, because whenever i make something--let's face it--it's an opportunity to make some money (even if i want to keep it for myself). etsy is my "job" right now and pretty much my only source of income besides the occasional allowance from mom and dad.

anyway, when i saw the convertible dress project on cut out + keep, i knew i had to attempt to make one. i remembered seeing something similar called the "infinity dress" on 'the tyra banks show', but that version retails at $200+ or something insane like that.

the idea is that the dress can be worn an infinite amount of ways (hence, the name). i had fun trying to figure out all the different ways to wear it, but got exhausted after a while. and yeah, there were some ways that i would never wear it, but it's nice to know i have the option.

forwards. backwards. higher. lower. wrap here. unwrap there. twist. tie. sleeves. no sleeves...


it's actually flattering and can fit a lot of sizes/body shapes. i even let my sister and mom try it on so we could play around with it. this dress is awesomely smart! you can make it as conservative/not conservative, traditional/avant-garde or dressy/casual as you want. really.

it's relatively easy to make and only consists of 4 pieces and one seam: 2 really long, wide straps (mine were 2 yards long), a folded over waistband, and skirt. i tweaked the original instructions a bit though. instead of a circle skirt (which, for some reason, is very basic but too hard for me to figure out), i made a simple gathered skirt with an elasticized bubble hem. also, i'd suggest using a thinner, softer knit. i used jersey knit cotton of average thickness, but it gets a little bulky when wrapped and tied several times.

i might experiment with my version some more and make some for my shop in the future.

♥ erica

17 comments

Valencia Lia said...

Damn, you're so creative !! I love the convertible dress,its so beautiful :)

Always love a piece of clothing that has many ways of wearing it.
i love the one that can be worn as a cut out back(1st photo) !! Ahhhhhh,I'm speechless !!

Natalie Rose said...

Oh my gosh that's amazing. I think I may try something like that in black because then instead of buying ten black dresses I'd only need one. Not too sure if it would turn out though, since I'm not that great with the sewing machine.

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Rachel said...

Oh my gosh! I love it! And lady, you are so pretty! Rock the dress!

pixiepine said...

Wow- that's an impressive project.

Lizzard said...

look at you! very creative and beautiful too

tritia kristin! said...

I want one! Will you make me one? :D

eliii said...

OMG I WANT ONE! I always hate buying different dresses, so this dress would be so handy. When are you going to start taking orders for these because I want to buy one!

Kelsey said...

Hey Erica! Super cute dress. I saw something like that in Hawaii recently, but it was $50. I like something I can make much better!

Caitlin said...

That is so awesome! You are quite talented

Ellen Valensia said...

walking! what a cute dress :D

Carla Novia said...

great! =]

yiqin; said...

So creative!!! I love how it looks like as a toga.

Jocelyn said...

This is so awesome!!! It's so amazing how many ways you can put these dresses on and they seem so easy to make! You did an awesome job on the bubble hem btw! You did an awesome job :]

Toothfairynotes said...

oh wow! what cool! I think I might get it when it's in your store, love the looks you create with the dress!

Have a nice weekend!

*loves*

agathaversatileavenue said...

are u a fashion student?it's very cool!

Farrah @ Stylecrumbs said...

Oh WOW this is AWESOME. You made this dress??? You're so talented!!

XO
http://stylecrumbs.blogspot.com

sarasophia said...

THAT.

is a very good dress:)

Found you through my sister, Memoir of Quixotic Female....and I love your adorable creations<3

Sara Sophia