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Do you have a dress you love so much that you would like to have more than one of it? Or you have a favourite dress that you no longer wear but still want the same style? You can easily replicate an existing outfit you have with new fabric. All that is needed are a few items and you are good to go.

Items Needed Fabric Dress Sewing Machine Chalk Ruler Pins Scissors Directions
  1. Lay your fabric on a flat surface, folded right sides together.
  2. Take your dress, fold it into two diagonally and place it on the fabric.
  3. Pin the dress to your fabric to keep it from shifting while cutting.
  4. Using the chalk, trace the outline of your dress onto the fabric. Remember to add an allowance of 1 inch all over, for hems and seams. The allowance of your sample dress has already been folded in, so you need to mark it out on the new fabric.
  5. Remove pins and the dress from the fabric.
  6. Using a sharp sewing scissors, cut out the shape marked by the chalk. To make a dress, you are going to be cutting two pieces of fabric; the front and back panel. This means that after cutting the first panel, place the dress on the folded fabric again and trace out the back panel. Cut it out too.
  7. Fold and iron down all seam allowances. You can pin the seam allowance so that the measurements are intact while sewing.
  8. Take your fabric to the machine and sew all seams and pieces together. Remember to sew pieces of fabric right sides together.
  9. Turn the finished dress to the right side and iron.
There you have it, about the easiest way to replicate your favourite dress!

About the author: Amina Salau is a writer and editor running The Illuminated Pen. You can find her online at and on Twitter (@_Aminah)

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This article was first published on 5th November 2014

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