Over the last few years I’ve seen the mix of horizontal and vertical stripes on top and dresses and have completely fallen in love with the look. I’ve seen them at Madewell, Anthropologie, and all over Pinterest, and after drooling over them for months, I finally decided to make my own.
I found this gorgeous ponte knit dress at old navy, and when it was on big time sale and I had a coupon, I snagged two of them to cut up and make my own horizontal-vertical striped dress. It was really easy and I love how it turned out. I also thought about adding sleeves with the leftover fabric from the second dress, but in the end I decided to keep it sleeveless since I think it’s a bit more versatile for layering (but you can easily add sleeves if you want them).
two dresses (or one dress and extra material) (mine were from Old Navy)
Step 1. Try on your dress and determine where you want to cut the hem. Pin to mark, and then remove and cut evenly around the hem.
Step 2. Take your second dress and cut it up to create strips long enough to fit around the whole hem of the skirt.
With right sides together, sew the strips together (making sure the stripes match up!) with a straight stitch, then trim the seam allowance and zigzag or serge the raw edges. Press all the seams flat.
Step 3. Once the strips are all sewn together, pin it to the dress with right sides together and sew around the entire hemline with a straight stitch. Trim the seam allowance and serge or zigzag. Press.
Step 4. Hem the dress to your desired length and you’re done!