DIY Dressmaking: Learn to Sew a Show Stopper, Lace Dress

6 materials
$25
5 Hours
Easy


We all need that one show stopper piece in our wardrobe! This lace dress is the perfect, elegant look for a night out on the town. It is a timeless classic that you will never need to get rid of. Follow a few easy steps to create this totally gorgeous and classy dress.


lace dress, DIY lace dress
DIY lace dress

Tools and materials:

  • 1.5-2yrd fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors 
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine 
  • Iron 
lace dress, Sew a lace dress
Sew a lace dress


For this fabulous lace dress, I suggest using a lightweight fabric. Specifically one with a scalloped edge like chantilly lace. 

lace dress, Lace dress pattern
Lace dress pattern


To begin this dressmaking process, you will need the pattern which you can get here. Choose your size, determine the length of your sleeves, and make any other changes for your lace dress. 

lace dress, Start with the bust darts
Start with the bust darts

Bust darts 

Once you have cut out all of your fabric pieces, it is time to begin putting this dress together! Let’s start with the bust darts. To mark on the fabric where your dart will be, place a pin through the pattern into the fabric. Then pull off the pattern leaving the pin in the fabric. 

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How to sew a lace dress


Flip the fabric over and place another pin in the same spot 

lace dress, Separate the fabric
Separate the fabric


Then separate the two bodice halves. 

lace dress, Match the notches
Match the notches


Fold the fabric, matching the notches of the darts and pin. 

lace dress, Follow the shape of the bust
Follow the shape of the bust


Then sew the dart following the shape of the bust. 

lace dress, Press the darts
Press the darts


Press the dart with the seam allowances folded down to give it the perfect shape. 

lace dress, Sew a knit wrap dress
Sew a knit wrap dress

Shoulder seams 

In this step, place the front and back, right sides together, and pin the shoulder seams. 

lace dress, Sew a inch from the edge
Sew a ¼ inch from the edge


Sew the shoulder seams together a ¼ inch from the edge. Then trim the seam allowances leaving ⅜ of an inch. 

lace dress, Pin the shoulder seam
Pin the shoulder seam


Then turn the fabric right side out, pin the shoulder seam, and sew about a ¼ inch from the edge. 

lace dress, Press the seam allowance
Press the seam allowance


Then press with the seam allowances facing the back. 

lace dress, Use a trim
Use a trim

Neckline 

Moving on to the neckline, Use a scalloped trim that you cut from the fabric and pin it around the neckline. 

lace dress, Sew with a zig zag stitch
Sew with a zig-zag stitch


Using a zig-zag stitch, sew the trim to your dress following its shape. 

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How to sew a DIY lace dress


Trim off the excess of your fabric close to the zig-zag stitch, Then give the neckline a good press. 

lace dress, Pin the side seams
Pin the side seams

Side seams 

Pin the side seams of the dress wrong sides together, starting at the scalloped edge of the hem to the armhole.

lace dress, Sew from the edge
Sew from the edge


Move back to the sewing machine and sew a ¼ inch from the edge. 

lace dress, Trim
Trim


Then trim the seam allowance to ⅜ of an inch. 

lace dress, Get a clean finish
Get a clean finish


Press the side seams to get a clean finish on your lace dress. 

lace dress, Turn and sew
Turn and sew


Turn the fabric right side out and pin along the side seams. Then just like you did for the shoulder seams, sew a ¼ inch from the edge. Press the seams with the seam allowances facing the back. 

lace dress, Sew with a French seam
Sew with a French seam

Sleeves 

Now for the sleeves, sew them with the same French seam that you used for the shoulder and side seams.

lace dress, Match the notches on the sleeve
Match the notches on the sleeve


Match up the notches on the sleeve and the armhole and then make sure to fold the seam allowances in the opposite directions to avoid bulk. Pin the sleeves in place and sew as we did the side and shoulder seams. 

lace dress, Give one last press
Give one last press


Give the dress a final press. 

lace dress, Easy DIY lace dress
Easy DIY lace dress


This gorgeous lace dress is so sophisticated! Where would you wear this beautiful dress? Let me know in the comments!

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
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