Convertible Dresses

comments (11) August 2nd, 2008     

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You can wear it this way...

Photo: rowena__. of Rostitchery

On a recent trip to the mall with a friend, I was dragged kicking and screaming into J. Crew (this store is SO out of my price range) only to discover one of those dresses I just had to have. I saw it from across the store on the arm of a saleswoman and it was the color that first caught my eye, a brilliant fuchsia, bright enough to wear to the beach but also with enough vibrancy to be converted into a winter shade. I approached her to ask where I could find others like it and she walked me over to the “Clearance” rack only to discover that it was the last of its kind. All was not lost, however, because the dress she was holding was my size and she handed it over with the proud declaration that this was “meant to be” - I agreed.

The awesome thing about this dress, she yelled to me over the door in the fitting room, was that it could be worn three different ways: with the top folded over for a flirty short dress, with the top extended for a longer dress (my personal preference), or with the top pulled down around the waist as a skirt. I was hooked, especially when it rang up at the register for less than half its original price.

I will admit that my love of the dress has dwindled since my first few attempts to wear it: the stretchy, t-shirt fabric that makes it so easily convertible also makes the skirt heavy and the top slippery. We all know that this is a bad combination for a strapless dress. I am in the process of plotting strap designs to make this number a little more wearable but in the meantime, my interest was sparked and I began looking for an easy-to-make convertible dress design.

In this case, all roads led back to Rowena’s “Infinity Dress” on her blog Ro-Stitchery. Everytime another blogger mentioned making a convertible dress, it was based on Rowena’s design and with good reason! This dress can be sewn in an afternoon, worn at least four different ways, and best of all, it has straps to keep that stretchy t-shirt fabric up! The verdict is in, Rowena: 1, J. Crew: 0.

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misscycarter writes: I love this idea. How do get to the tutorial
Posted: 8:13 am on March 14th
ETCANADA writes: TRY THEMAGGIEDRESS.COM UNIQUE AND HAS FULL SLEEVE OPTION
Posted: 10:41 am on August 9th
ETCANADA writes: TRY A REALLY UNIQUE CONVERTIBLE DRESS THEMAGGIEDRESS.COM HAS FULL SLEEVE OPTIONS, UNLIKE ANY OTHERS AND MANY MORE STYLE OPTIONS FROM PETITE TO FULL FIGURE
Posted: 10:37 am on August 9th
ETCANADA writes: TRY THEMAGGIEDRESS.COM HAS SLEEVE OPTIONS AND MANY MORE STYLE OPTIONS AND GREAT FABRIC CHOICES
Posted: 10:35 am on August 9th
kdc9876 writes: I've never made anything before, so this will certainly be an interesting experience! After seeing similar dresses selling for $300 (way too much!), I've decided to make the dress. It's going to be a bridesmaid dress, and I have no clue about what fabric to buy! Any suggestions as to what type of fabric I need to buy??
Posted: 11:36 am on May 20th
Anasofia writes: I LOVE THE THIRD WAY
i really wan to do it!
Posted: 3:26 pm on December 7th
pumpkinniki writes: I saw this on the wardrobe refashion blog and made one like a month ago. I used a bed sheet for the bottom part, and some fabric from my stash for the top part...and it turned out to be see thru. So I only wore it once...with my bathing suit under it.

I plan to make another out of better fabric so it isn't see thru. This dress fits well on my skinny days AND my fat days!
Posted: 11:01 am on August 4th
Minimeg writes: I made one of these up last night and I love the pattern! Here is my attempt from last night http://www.craftstylish.com/item/6920/convertible-dress-attempt-one
Posted: 12:21 pm on August 3rd
Craft_Crazy22 writes: WOW! I've seen dresses that are "convertible" before and I always find it hard to believe that I could actually put it on correctly (ha) or I just don't find any of the options a good style for someone to wear off the runway. I am so pleased to see this one! All the styles are so different, yet it doesn't look like TOO much wrapping and twisting, and best of all I can make it myself.... SOLD. :D
Thanks so much for posting!!
Posted: 12:40 am on August 3rd
Whoodidit203 writes: This is a great dress! I just bought some fabric that will be perfect for that dress.
Posted: 8:41 pm on August 2nd
Minimeg writes: I need to make one of these! I think I've found my next project :)
Posted: 7:42 pm on August 2nd
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