Old Clothing Gets a Second Life
For the easiest conversion, select a dress that is already fitted at the waist (as opposed to a baby-doll shape). If the waist is elastic, a tailor can cut off the bodice for roughly $20. Most styles, however, will need a new elastic waistband or a zipper, which will cost about $15 to $30 more.
Cost: under $45 to $80.