How to turn a vintage chiffon dress into a tunic

I found this gorgeous vintage dress for $7 while thrifting the other day and I wanted to shorten the them a bit and make it more wearable and modern.  I love the colors and it has a great ocean and boating print.

This was my first time hemming a chiffon dress and I think it turned out really great!

What you’ll need:

  • Chiffon dress
  • Fabric pencil/marker
  • Flexible tape measure
  • Sharp scissors
  • Sewing machine with zig zag stitch capability

First, figure out where you want the end of your tunic to be.  How much of the hem are you going to cut off?  I wanted the tunic to reach the tips of my fingers when I lay my hands to my sides.

Cut using sharp scissors along your markings.

Using a zig zag stitch will prevent the chiffon from unraveling.  This is more of a rough look.

After securing the hem, you’re finished!

I’ll be able to wear it belted with leggings or jeans and it’ll be perfect for almost any occasion.  And as a bonus, I made a great chiffon scarf with the discarded hem!

Happy sewing!  :)

-E&I