Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Party Dress DIY

I've been getting tons of requests for sewing tutorials so I whipped up this party dress with just a few yards of fabric and a basic black t-shirt. I sewed the bottom half of the dress and the top half I put together with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse!  The skirt is elastic waist and it's covered with a ribbon belt.  I think you'll be surprised at how easy this is!

 Danielle rocking her new dress!

See the video tutorial here!
2 yards of lace or embellished fabric
2 yards lining
1 yard elastic
1 fitted black t-shirt
E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Sewing machine
Black thread
Scissors and straight pins
Cut two panels of lining that are 20" wide by 2 yards long
Pin and stitch them together using 1/2" seam allowance 
so that you have a 20" wide by 4 yard long panel
Hem one edge of the panel by turning and turning 1/4" 
Cut two 21" by 2 yard long panels of fabric using the edge of the fabric as the edge of each panel
(You will have a strip left over in the middle to use later)
Pin and stitch them together so that you have a 21" by 4 yard long panel of fabric
Use 1/2" seam allowance

Pin the lining to the wrong side of the lace and stitch the raw edges together with 1/4" seam allowance
Along that same stitch line you are going to bunch the fabric under the presser foot and gather the 4 yard panel together 
 Cut elastic so that it fits comfortably around your waist
Mark the elastic in 4 equal parts
Pin the elastic evenly along the gathered fabric
Sew the elastic to the gathered fabric by stretching the elastic as you sew using 1/2" seam allowance
 With right sides together, pin all 4 layers together and stitch down the side seam from the elastic to the hem.
Cut out pieces from your lace and the decorative edge of your lace (if you have some left over)
Insert cardboard in the t-shirt 
Figure out your lace placement and apply the lace and edging with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Let it dry overnight and you're done!