DIY: From 1 Fancy Dress to 4 Everyday Wearable Outfits!


Hello pretties! Are you like me and have a fancy dress or two that you've only worn a couple of times, and is just sitting in your wardrobe now? Well, it's time to give them some love and transform that dress into a cute top that you can wear for any occasions. 

                             

I've only worn this dress a couple of times. I particularly bought this dress for my 18th birthday. It's super pretty- I like the blushy-pink color with the little bow,the sweetheart neckline and how "princess-like" the dress was. Sadly, it has just been chilling in my wardrobe, not getting any love from me.Until now..


To make the new top look more simpler, I took out all the diamante off the dress. Eliminating the embellishments on the dress will tone down extravagance of the dress and make it look more casual. This is what we want to achieve.


Next, I removed the tulle netting contrast lining from underneath the dress. The tulle was to give the dress more volume and make it more puffier. Since I am making a top, this won't be necessary.


Then is time to cut, cut and CUT. Measure the length you want your top to be (make sure you leave at least 2cm longer for the hem). I went with a few inches below the zipper on the side. You can cut straight across but I cut it in a way to make the hem look asymmetrical- front shorter and the back is longer. 
You will then need to sealed in the hem by either hand stitching it, machine sew or take the easier route- use a fabric glue [even though, this can be tedious work]. If you choose to use fabric glue, make sure you allow it to dry for 24 hours before wearing it out. 
Voila! Now you are the proud owner of a new top that you have transformed from a dress!


I will now show you the different ways I chose to style this!☺

Classy and Feminine

I paired the top with a pencil to give that professional, classy look. This is perfect for those nights at the bar or a girls' night out on the town. Wear a nice pair of heels or pumps and you will be conquering the world. 

Short[s] and Sweet

For those days when the weather is warm or when you have a cute picnic with your guy, this outfit is for you. I paired it with some shorts and a denim vest. I think the vest gives the outfit more structure and makes the top look likes it's a peplum top. Wear a pair of flats to stay comfy.

Easy yet Sassy

This is a simple outfit to put together. You can't go wrong with a pair of well fitted jeans and riding boots. Perfect for those days, when you're out doing errands or shopping with your besties. The boots makes the outfit look more sophisticated while you still look girly and sassy with the top.

Casual Chic 

This is my favorite way to pair this top out of the four looks. Boyfriend jeans are trendy at the moment and usually people just pair it with a plain shirt. The jeans can make you look somewhat a little tom boyish but then bam! You're a girl again by wearing a cute top and pairing it with some snazzy wedges.

There we have it ladies. I hope to have inspired you to look at your dresses that you haven't worn in awhile and turn it into something better, that you can wear for different occasions. Be spontaneous, be creative!☺





















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  1. This is a cute idea Natalie. I wish I was more talented with the sewing machine =)

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    1. Thanks girl :) Don't worry, I still struggles with using the industrial sewing machine at Uni, it's a pain in the butt sometimes..Thank goodness for fabric glue right?! haha. Xx
      Natalie♥

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  2. So cute and creative! All the outfits are so gorgeous!
    xox
    Sophia
    http://lipstickland.blogspot.com/

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    1. Yay thankyouu! I'm so happy that you like it! Hope you found it somewhat helpful :)
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  3. I love this idea! That is such a cute top too!

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    1. Thanks Jackie, glad you like it :) let me know if you recreate it from one of your dresses!
      Natalie♥

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  4. that is such a cute idea and it looks so great on you!
    -Sisi
    Modern Beauty Girl

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    1. Aw thanks Sisi!! :)
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    1. Aw thank you so much! That means a lot :)
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  6. omg this is so great!! I tried to fix one of my chiffon skirts but it was a disaster!!!!!!!
    Yours came out perfect!!

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    1. Thanks girl! Oh bummer! Chiffon can be tricky to work with, I learnt from trial and errors. Hope you will give it another go and hopefully it will turn out better. :)
      Natalie♥

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  7. Wow this is such a fantastic idea! Perfect for an unwanted bridesmaid dress or something similar! xx

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    1. Thanks girl! Ahh an unwanted bridesmaid dress is another great example to revamp the dress. :)
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  8. very clever way to re-style a great top to fit into your daily lifestyle! Doesn't even look like the same dress!!

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    1. Yayy, mission accomplished haha! Thanks lovely :)
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  9. oh my gosh you did such a great job at transforming that dress!it looks super super cute as a top!such a great idea girlie:-)I'm now following your blog:)xx

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    1. Aww I'm so happy that you liked it! Thank you so so much for following, it means a lot :)
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  10. Love how you were able to up-cycle your formal dress and how you paired everything together :)

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    1. Thanks Elaine! Glad you like this DIY :)
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