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DIY Dress
I made this dress for my little sister, it was my first attempt in sewing a dress. Hope you like it :)

Posted by Muhaiminah Faiz from Sylhet, Sylhet Division, Bangladesh • Published See Muhaiminah Faiz's 191 projects »
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  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 1
    Step 1

    Draw the design of the dress on a paper. This is what I drew. The parts you need to cut;
    1) 2 pieces for the sleeves,
    2) 2 pieces for the upper body part (back and front)
    3) 2 pieces for the lower part ( back and front)
    4) 2 pieces for the neck lining.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 2
    Step 2

    Upper body part: I used plain blue fabric for the upper part. To cut these parts you'll need to measure the shoulder, chest and length of the upper part. . Use chalk to mark the outlines and cut the parts carefully. While cutting this part, make sure you keep at least 0.5 inch extra ( for sewing).

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sleeves: I used the floral fabric for the sleeves. Measure the length of the arms as you want. Make sure you keep enough fabric for shirring and the sleeves to look fluffy.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 4
    Step 4

    Lower body part: I used floral fabric for the lower part. Measure the length of the dress (your choice, but I think long dresses look good with this pattern). Subtract the length of the upper body from the original length of the dress to measure the length of the lower part. Cut out 2 rectangular pieces for the lower part and make sure you have enough fabric for shirring.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 5
    Step 5

    Neck lining: Cut out 2 U shaped pieces for the neck lining. Fold the outer edges of the neck lining ('U' shaped fabric cutout) and sew around it.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 6
    Step 6

    Now, place the neck lining on the upper body part (as shown in the picture), and attach them together by sewing around the edges.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 7
    Step 7

    Then, turn the lining to the other side of the upper body part and sew around the open edges (I used thread and needle).

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 8
    Step 8

    Similarly, sew the other part and then join both parts together on the shoulder. I also attached a pink lace with the upper body part.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 9
    Step 9

    Take the floral fabric pieces (cut out for the lower body part) and fold any one edge and sew matching lace(see picture).

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now, sew these 2 pieces with the upper part. Create small folds on the lower parts fabric (for shirring) while sewing it with the upper part. Similarly sew the other side

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 11
    Step 11

    Take a piece of elastic lace (or you can also use elastic thread, that's another technique). The elastic lace has to be half of the sleeves cuffs length (see picture). You'll have to sew the elastic lace on the wrong side of the sleeves. Start sewing from one side. Stretch the elastic lace and sew over the stretched elastic lace. After you're done sewing you'll see the elastic lace has shirred the sleeves cuff.

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 12
    Step 12

    Now, attach the sleeves with the dress. Sewing the sleeves might seem a little tricky if you're a beginner! In that case, it's better to take help from a good sewing tutorial website

  • How to make a dress. Diy Cute Floral Dress - Step 13
    Step 13

    Now that we've attached all parts together, all you need to do is sew around the sides. It's better to sew twice around the sides. I also attached a bow with the dress, it looks sooo cute! There, cute floral dress is ready.

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