This week’s refashion project is a combination of several changes that you can incorporate into several different projects to make a unique and totally new piece. For today’s slip dress DIY, we’ll use 3 simple techniques to add some extra detail to the neckline, waist, and hemline of a boring slip to make a totally new maxi dress with so much more detail and style.

What’s great about this project, is that you can add a waist detail to basic tshirt to create a more figure-flattering silhouette, add the lace hemline detail to an old skirt for a whole new look, or add lace to a boring camisole for a touch of sex appeal. Basically, today’s DIY can carry on to give some new life to several other piece sin your closet when you are done.

How to Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress with this step by step clothing DIY tutorial

This lace maxi dress started out as a basic slip with a mid-calf hemline and boxy shape. It wasn’t really flattering and I never wore it. Now, it’s one of my favorite pieces and I can;t wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear it more.

How to add lace to an old slip . A Clothes refashion

When you are looking for pieces to refashion, I like to find quality fabrics in basic shapes. I think it lets you get more creative and experiment a bit more. If you can find something in a longer length, that’s always a plus since you’ll have some extra fabric depending on what kind of refashion you plan on doing. You can read my thrift shopping guide to score great pieces to get started here.

Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress.

How To Convert A Slip Into A Lace Maxi Dress

For this project, let’s begin with the neckline and work our way down to the skirt.

How To Add Lace To A Neckline

Personally, I think a lace neckline adds instant interest to any top and love the wispy detail this lace in particular adds. To complete this step you will need some sewing shears, 1/4 yard of stretch lace, and some pins, and a basic sewing machine. Below are shoppable Amazon (aff.) links to purchase exactly what I’ll be using (the lace fabric is similiar. I used scraps I had lying around.)


How to add lace to a slip the easy way

To create the rough, wispy detail on the edge, cut your lace as pictured below.

How to add lace to an old slip the easy way

Now pin the lace across the neckline, cutting a slit on the underside at the center “V” so the lace lays flat.

How to Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY tutorialHow to add lace to an old slip

Continue around the back straps and pin into place.

Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress with this easy clothing DIY tutorial

Now, sew the lace into place using any standard sewing machine. I used a standard stitch but a slightly longer stitch length. Trim any excess from the underside of the strap so any raw edges are never visible.

Refashion a slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY

Ta da! Now your neckline should look something like this.

Note: I love how the lace detail along the straps makes it easier to hide bra-lines on your shoulders. This summer, I plan on even wearing it with a black, lace bralette and letting it show in areas. The lace from the dress will help camouflage any bra and make it all look like it’s a single piece. 

Refashion a basic slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY

Steps To Define The Waist:

To add a wrap at the wait is a super simple process that helps create a comfortable yet still hourglass silhouette to whatever you like. We’ll be adding two 6″ x 24″ fabric strips to either side of the waist to do this. In addition to black stretch fabric, you will also need some tailors chalk, sewing pins, some scissors, and a ruler.


Refashion a slip

Find the waist of your dress my putting it on and marking the side seam with a pin. Take the dress off and flip it inside out. Use a Seam Ripper to remove the threads on the side to create a 6″ opening for your black fabric strips to slide into.

Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress with this easy clothing DIY sewing tutorial

Sew your black fabric strips into place so when you flip your dress inside out again, it looks like this:

Refashion a black slip into a sexy lace maxi dress

Now when you try it on, you should have a comfortable tie that wraps around your waist.

Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY tutorial

How To Lengthen The Bottom With Lace

This slip refashion started out as an odd, midi length. To lengthen the hemline and add some extra glamour, we can use the leftovers from the 1/4 yard of lace we have on hand. to wrap around the bottom.

Start out by cutting the bottom 5″ off the bottom of your skirt.

Refashion a boring slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY sewing tutorial

Your leftover lace should have one scalloped edge (from where we cut the neckline) and one straight edge. Align the straight edge to the bottom 5″ of the skirt and sew into place. Next, slide the top half of your dress into place underneath the lace. This way, the lace will always be visible and lay over the fabric of your dress as it comes up to your knees.

Refashion a basic slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY sewing tutorial

Pin the lace into place over your dress slip fabric and sew into place. Once the basic hemline in in place, go back over it with your sewing pins and pin the top portion of the scalloped edge into place. By doing it in his order, it will be a lot easier to keep your fabrics flat.

Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress with this clothing DIY sewing tutorial

Sew your lace into place along the top of the lace panel.

Refashion a black slip into a lace maxi dress

The bottom of your slip should look something like this now:

How to add lace to an old slip . A Clothing refashion

With the top like this:

Refashion a slip into a lace floor length dress with this clothing DIY

I love how with a few little tweaks we can take a bring, loose-fitting slip and make into a more beautiful, summery dress. I really hope you guys liked this tutorial! As always, if you ever have any questions, please let me know in the comments below and I’d love to help answer any questions.

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