We’ve all seen the wonders of the AA Circle Scarf and the different ways you can wear it. (Which I haven’t tried in person, but I must admit look pretty amazing.) But what if you want a similar look without spending $30 on a big piece of material sewn together at the ends? This was more or less my situation when I picked up a huge piece of fabric and started draping and experimenting. After some trial and error, I came up with these steps for making a dress that just requires fabric, a belt, and one minute of your time. Enjoy!
What you’ll need:
A large piece of fabric (the one I used was about 2 yards by 1.5 yards)
Some sort of belt or sash
(Optional) A tank top and shorts/opaque tights to wear underneath in case of wardrobe malfunction
1. Drape the fabric around your shoulders and over your arms.
2. Scrunch up the fabric on your arms (the “sleeves”) so it forms folds around your shoulders and upper arms. If it starts slipping at this point, you might need to push it up to your shoulders so it stays put.
3. You’ll notice that by pulling on the outside edges of the 2 front sections, you can adjust the length of the back section. Adjust them until the back of the dress is the length you want.
4. Now you’re ready to turn this into a dress. Gather the 2 front sections together to form the front of the dress. Holding on to the edges of the back section, wrap one side and then the other.
5. While holding the dress in place with one hand, fasten the belt around your waist. This will keep the fabric in place, and has the added bonus of preventing looking like a shapeless marshmallow (see previous picture.)
6. And that’s it! Like most other DIY’s, this dress can be varied lots of different ways. Using a different type of fabric or changing the way you arrange the folds will result in tons of different variations. So go ahead and try this at home… and don’t forget to upload pictures of your results!