20 Jun


Striped dresses are a summer staple. I was on the lookout for one at the beginning of the season but could not really find something that had the right balance of price and style. This one by Bec & Bridge with the asymmetric hem was my favorite but I was not willing to shed almost $200 on a single dress. So of course, I DIYed! I bought a simple H&M dress for less than $20 and in three easy steps, recreated my version of the Bec & Bridge dress.

Follow along to see how you can get the asymmetric hem look on a striped dress in a few simple steps – sewing skills are optional! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Striped Fitted Dress (Steps illustration dress from Topshop)
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread/Fabric Glue/Fabric Tape


Step 1: Lay the dress on a flat surface and cut off the hem section that covers the width of one white stripe and one black stripe all around the dress. We will use this in Step 3 to create the asymmetrical wrap effect.

Step 2: Based on the width of the dress, measure the center (pink line) that divides the dress into left and right sections. This center will be the guide for the cuts we will make. Point A is the length of your dress on the short side, so measure that accordingly. Point B falls on the center and is a straight line from A. On the left half of the dress, Point C sits closer to the edge than the pink center line. Point D is at the left edge and on the same level as Points A & B. On the front side of the dress, cut the dress from A-B, B-C and C-D. On the back of the dress, cut the dress all the way from D-A in a straight line.

Step 3: Take the hem you cut off in Step 1. Cut it at the left or right edge so it’s a straight line and not a loop. Place it diagonally from Point C to Point B and continue the diagonal line over the right section of the dress till the edge. Cut off any extras. You can sew the piece onto the dress, glue it or bond the two together with fabric tape. And you are done!


If your dress is not long enough for this, you can buy a similarly striped T-Shirt/Tank/Skirt. Then cut off the diagonal strip and triangular piece from that extra item and add it at the bottom of your dress. Then you have your own unique striped dress with an asymmetrical wrap effect. I love that this dress can be worn both casually during the day and little more dressier during the night with the addition of fa ew accessories. What are some of your other summer must haves?

Final outfit images by my dearest brother.

15 Comments on “high on STRIPED ASYMMETRIC DRESS diy”

  1. STYLJANJE August 14, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    Love your ideas! There is so many of them, keep up the good work:) http://www.styljanje.com

    • HIGHonDIY August 18, 2015 at 11:23 AM #

      Thanks lovely Janja!

    • HIGHonDIY February 3, 2015 at 11:24 AM #


  2. Trend-mixblog September 19, 2014 at 9:19 AM #

    I think is so funky! Never would have thought of it, it looks like a completely different dress. Awesome tutorial! 🙂

    • HIGHonDIY September 21, 2014 at 6:00 PM #

      Thanks Lauren!

  3. Nicolette August 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM #

    Got to try this on one of my old dresses sometime. A great way to improve my collection.

    • HIGHonDIY August 24, 2014 at 11:23 AM #

      For sure, I’d love to see your version 🙂

  4. Verity August 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM #

    This is such a good idea! It’s such a simple thing to do too. I think it looks great with the stripes, it makes the asymmetrical shape really stand out.

    • HIGHonDIY August 10, 2014 at 6:04 AM #

      Thanks Verity, the asymmetric hem def pops out because of the stripes!

  5. Louise July 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM #

    This is genius – so simple but so effective. Definitely going to give it a try 🙂 So glad I found your blog today!

    • HIGHonDIY August 10, 2014 at 5:33 AM #

      Thanks Louise! I would love to see your version 🙂

  6. Jen July 7, 2014 at 8:38 AM #

    Wow that is so simple but so amazing. Where did you get the dress from for this? H&M?

    • HIGHonDIY August 10, 2014 at 5:32 AM #

      Hi Jen, thanks! Yeah the dress Im wearing is from H&M and the dress in the steps is from Topshop.

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