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Upcycling a Vintage MuuMuu into a Two-Piece!

Updated: Jun 11, 2023

A stylish girl in a cute two piece matching outfit dress with a hat and cowboy boots.
The MuuMuu sewn into a two piece!

I'm so excited to share with you my latest sewing project! I just finished making a new two-piece dress from a vintage MuuMuu, and I'm absolutely in love with it. It's a simple, one-piece dress made from a beautiful cotton fabric. I simply cut the top part of the dress to make a shirt, and I'm really happy with how it turned out.

Here's the before:

A girl in a park wearing a blue floral dress, outfit
MuuMuu Before

The Process:

The sewing process was pretty straightforward. I started by cutting out the fabric pieces straight across the middle of the dress. It was just a quick cut between the zipper on the back to the pockets. Then, I hemmed the shirt and the waist of the skirt, one by one. I used a straight stitch for most of the seams, and I pulled elastic through the skirt with a safety pin. I also added a ruffle to the shirt since it was now a crop top essentially and needed some length. Luckily, I'm a ruffle fiend and collect it in bulk so I just so happened to have the perfect match!

A girl in a two piece outfit dress she sewed herself, with a hat and cowboy boots.
The Finished Project Outfit

The Results:

I'm so happy with how the dress turned out! It's the ideal summer dress. It's light and airy, and it's perfect for a day at the beach or a casual lunch with friends. I can't wait to wear it all summer long! I really liked the cowboy boots with it, but sandals would be cute too. I love upcycling vintage that otherwise was discarded, damaged, or has the potential for an upgrade.

Tips for Beginners:

If you're a beginner sewer, I would recommend starting with a simple project like this one. The concept is easy to do, and the fabric is forgiving. If you make a mistake, it's not the end of the world. Just keep going, and you'll be surprised at how well it turns out, it might just take some finagling.

A girl in a cute ruffled vintage shirt she made from a sewing project.
Close Up of Ruffle Hem


I'm so glad I decided to upcycle this vintage dress. It was a fun and rewarding project, and I'm so happy with the results! If you've been thinking about learning to sew or upcycle, I would definitely recommend just going for it. It's a great way to express your creativity, and it's also a very useful skill in repurposing discarded clothing. You'll be able to alter clothes, gifts, and home décor. Give it a try!

Here are some additional tips for beginners:

  • Practice on something you don't care as much about. This will take some of the pressure off if you're worried about ruining something, especially vintage you plan to upcycle.

  • Think outside of the box. If you like something weird or unique at the thrift store but it's kind of "pretty ugly" it might just have potential.

  • Be patient. It takes time and practice to become a decent sewer. I'm no expert but I can get the job done, haha.

  • Have fun! Upcycling should be enjoyable in your spare time so go easy on yourself.

Watch the Vlog of the making of this dress!



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