Easy Breezy DIY Dress

Rosa Padilla
by Rosa Padilla
9 Materials
1 Hour

Today, I’m going to show you how to make an adorable sundress with tied shoulder straps and a slit in the front. This dress is so simple, you don’t even need a sewing machine! I hand-stitched this entire project. Check out this tutorial for step-by-step instructions on how to make your own dress.

Tools and materials:

  • Cotton-spandex fabric
  • Dress (to trace for pattern)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric chalk
  • Long stick
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
DIY dress pattern

Cut around a dress

Use a dress you already own and fits you well as a pattern. Lay the dress on the fabric and cut around it, leaving a half-inch seam allowance all the way around.

Easy DIY dress

Cut the second piece

Lay the first piece you cut on the fabric, right sides facing, and cut around it, exactly. No need to leave a seam allowance.

Sew a DIY dress

Sew the side seams

Pin and sew the side seams together.

Hem the top and bottom edges

Hem the top and bottom edges

Pin the hems along the top and bottom edges of the dress, and sew them down all the way around. 

Cut strips for the shoulder straps

Cut strips for the shoulder straps

Cut two strips of fabric 18 inches long, and 3 inches wide. 

Cut the strips in half

Then cut each of those strips in half lengthwise. You should have four strips of fabric altogether.

Fold in half lengthwise

Pin and sew the strips 

Fold each strip of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides facing, and sew down the long edge and one short edge.

Turn the fabric right side out

Turn the straps right side out

Using a long stick, push the closed end of the strip of fabric through to the open end and then pull the fabric out, turning the fabric right side out, with the seam hidden inside.

Make a DIY dress

Pin and sew the straps in place

Pin the straps in place along the top edge of the dress, and sew them down. Make sure the corresponding straps in the front and the back of the dress are placed evenly. 

How to make a DIY dress

Measure, mark, and cut the slit

Measure out where you want your slit, mark it with fabric chalk, and make a single cut in that spot.

How to sew a DIY dress

Pin and hem the edges of the slit

Fold and pin the edges of the slit, and sew them down. Make sure to secure the top of the slit to prevent it from ripping.

Basic DIY dress

Tied shoulder straps

Back view

Enjoy your gorgeous new sundress! If you use this tutorial, I’d love to see your results!

Suggested materials:
  • Cotton-spandex fabric
  • Dress
  • Scissors
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