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12+ thrift store dress refashion tutorials

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thrift store dress refashion tutorialsI’m not sure what it is about dresses, but they seem to be super popular for refashions! My guess would be because they’re easy to fit, often come with cute prints, and fun to wear. I thought I’d round up some thrift store dress refashion tutorials to get you inspired this spring – go dig around to find something dated and give it a refresher.

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Thrift store dress refashion tutorials

Ready to get inspired! Let me know if I’ve missed any of your favorite refashion blogs!

An adorable way to keep the style of a dress but update it with a new silhouette! Dress to romper refashion from Trish Stitched.

Dye and sewing all in one! This is a vintage dress refashion with tutorial by yours truly.

A surprising 80’s striped dress makeover at Pearls & Scissors, the belt is the perfect touch! [2024 edit – this website seems to be shut down but leaving it up for visual inspiration]

My friend Heather shares 2 techniques for how to add sleeves to a dress, with a quick refashion turning sleeveless & spaghetti strap dresses into sleeved ones.

Simple but effective, I have a dress to skirt refashion that earned me a super cheap skirt made of beautiful material!

This is unique, Carissa Knits switched a baggy wrap bodice dress into a cool, button-up shirt dress.

Working in a color that I normally avoid, I refashioned this baggy dress into a chic top, see more details about this dress to blouse refashion here!

A different take on the dress to skirt refashion, with a fun waistline, over at Five Marigolds. [2024 edit – this post seems to be deleted but leaving it up for visual inspiration]

A super easy sewing refashion tutorial, and I’m happy to help if you get stuck! See more details on how I made this skirt out of a dress.


So all 4 of these maternity refashion tutorials involve dresses and I thought I’d include them! Even if you aren’t pregnant, you can use the same ideas for regular refashions as well.

Fun ruffle dress refashion from Our Life Is Beautiful – video above or photo tutorial here.

I’ll be honest, this is my least favorite refashion on the blog. BUT I’m including it because I think it might spark some creativity for someone else! I like the idea, just not the finished project. See my folded dress refashion tutorial here.

party dress refashion

My wedding guest dress refashion; see how to alter a dress that is too big!

Dated denim dress refashion to tunic top

Check out how I took a dated denim dress into modern times with some dye and a little sewing, with a tutorial here!

Subtle but fun update, check out how she swapped a dress into a strappy peplum shirt over at Pearls and Scissors.

maxi dress refashion

Can you believe what a difference a big chop made? I love this simple refashion by Therese Marie, she let me share it after I saw it in the Fabric Upcycling facebook group, find her on instagram here!

refashioned 1980s dress

I love the shape of this dated floral dress refashion that Nissa shared in the Upcycle Sewing group. Check out some of her upcycled jewelry and salvage leather pieces in her boutique.

1990 dress refashion

I love the creative sleeves on this drapey dress refashion from @theekissoflife!

velvet dress refashion

A fun, velour dress refashion from @carissabrowning, what a different vibe  between these two!

caftan refashion

I love the inset cut-outs in this caftan refashion by @____riapi____!

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Trish Stitched

Friday 5th of April 2019

Thanks for sharing my refashion! I think dress refashions are some of my favorites to do! It can be such a big transformation!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 11th of August 2019

You're welcome, I love sharing other peoples' work :D

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