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How to Change a Herve Leger Dress into a Top

By Bebefuzz

Wondering what to do with a dress that has damage on the bottom, or just want more Herve Leger tops? Transform a Herve Leger dress into a top!

how to alter herve leger dress into top

We took our experiment Herve Leger dress out to do another DIY. This Herve Leger dress was originally white and dyed pink here, and now we're going to try turning this dress into a top.

All we used were sharp scissors, a needle and thread!

shortening cutting herve leger

First things first, decide on the length of the top, and cut off the excess fabric.

When doing this, MAKE SURE THAT THE ZIPPER IS ZIPPED ALL THE WAY UP. Otherwise, your top will not have a functioning zipper pull!

I laid one of my Herve Leger tops on top of the dress to determine the length. I cut the dress at the next line below the bottom of the black top. Don't cut off too much. It's easy to fix a top that is too long, but impossible to fix a top that is too short.

Sharp scissors are a must for this step to get a clean line. And remember to cut at the line. :)

adding zipper bottom stop sewing

Step 2 is creating a new bottom stop for the zipper. Make some very tight stitches around the bottom of the zipper.

cutting excess trim bands herve leger fabric

The final step is to make sure that the bottom is cut evenly and cleanly. Trim off the small uneven parts.

shortening herve leger with a cut

I was really surprised by how smooth the cut bandage fabric was. This dress's fabric is a 90% rayon, 9% nylon, 1% spandex blend; this is what most Herve Leger dresses are. While it doesn't look as great as an unaltered Herve Leger edge, it was most definitely wearable.

herve leger bandage diy top

As always, even for DIY's that we had success with, please do alterations at your own risk. We recommend that this be done to only items that are already damaged or items that you have no intention of selling in the future. Major alterations significantly reduce the value of designer items.

Hope you enjoyed this!!

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