Toga dress DIY refashion

Not all refashions have to be complicated or take a long time. Today’s tutorial is a pretty quick and simple one, but awesome to change the look of an old dress which you may be bored of.

off shoulder top refashion DIY tutorial

The original dress was mega comfy but often left me feeling slightly frumpy even while paired with accessories. After turning it into a toga dress, it’s definitely feeling more wearable to various occasions. Pair it with a cool necklace and you’re good to go!

Here’s how:

DIY toga dress refashion tutorial

Grab that old dress sitting in the back of your closet to refashion. Jersey knit would be the easiest since it doesn’t fray and has stretch.

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If your dress has a pretty large neckhole, you should be able to slip one arm through as well. If the opening too small, snip out a larger one (similar to how you would with a tee shirt to open up the neckhole).

Once you’ve gotten the “toga opening” to the dress, all you need to do is to get rid of the excess fabric that used to make up the sleeve.

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Flip the dress inside out. Pin from the corner of the opening to the waistband. You can use a ruler to ensure a straight line and for even more accuracy, you could use chalk to draw a line before pinning.

Note: this is totally not the most technical way of making a toga dress (i.e. the pattern for a toga dress made from scratch would be different), but since the material and cut is pretty forgiving, this method gives for a quick and easy way to transform your dress.

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Sew it down either by machine or by hand. After sewing, flip it back and try it on to make sure it fits well.

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Once you’re certain you’re happy with the fit, flip it back inside out and cut off the excess fabric. Since it’s jersey knit, it won’t fray.

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And there you have it! A quick, easy-to-do DIY refashion that turns an old dress into something different. Have fun!


  1. Portia says

    I love your tutorials! And I really like this refashion especially. Where did you get the original dress from, if you don’t mind me asking?

    • says

      Thank you Portia :) I got this dress some time back from a Singaporean shop called m)phosis. Not sure if they still have it though but all the best finding a similar one!


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