How to Cut and Sew a Bodycon Dress With a Sexy Keyhole Halter Tie

Villamor Twins
by Villamor Twins
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Bodycon dresses are super sexy, and when they fit right, they make you look amazing! In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to cut and sew a bodycon dress using spandex material.

Whether you’re planning your next night out or want a sexy number as part of your collection, this DIY bodycon dress project is perfect for you!

Tools and materials:

  • Spandex fabric
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Elastic
  • Thread
  • A dress that fits
  • Measuring tape
Using a dress as a DIY bodycon dress pattern

1. Make the pattern

Let’s start with the DIY bodycon dress pattern. Fold your fabric in half and lay your favorite dress on top. 

Tracing a bodycon dress sewing pattern

Now, trace the shape of the dress and mark 1cm (0.39 inches) seam allowance. 

Cutting the fabric

2. Cut the fabric

Fold the fabric in half, pin all around, and cut. This will ensure a symmetrical DIY bodycon dress in the end.

How to cut a bodycon dress

Cut the pattern until the armpits; you’ll not need the arm area for this type of dress. 

Marking 6 inches from the top of the dress

3. Make the bust panels

Mark 6 inches from the top. 

Measuring and marking the dress

Then mark 6 inches on the adjacent side. 

Connecting marks on the dress

Then, from that point, mark 3 inches up and connect it to the original 6-inch mark. 

Making bust panels for the bodycon dress

Now, draw a diagonal line 5½ inches above the 6-inch mark and the line you just drew. Then, connect these markings. 

How to make a bodycon dress

From the second diagonal line, mark 2 inches from the left.

DIY bodycon dress tutorial

Then, use that mark as a guide to creating a smooth “V” shape.  

Cutting out the shape

Cutting the bust panels for the dress

Pin the fabric, and cut out the shape, as shown. 

Curving out the back fabric piece

4. Modify the back

For the back fabric, cut a slightly curved line right under the central hole. 

Cutting the bust panels for the front piece

For the front, fold the dress in two and cut the top bust panels. 

Pinning the bust panels to the DIY dress

5. Assemble the DIY bodycon dress

Pin the bust panels onto the dress. Use a straight stitch to sew them together. 

DIY bodycon dress

When you’re finished, your half-done bodycon dress should look like this. 

Sewing the back and front pieces together

Sew the back and front fabric pieces together, right sides facing. Pin the fabric first, align it, and sew with a straight stitch. 

Creating a tunnel for the straps

6. Create the tunnel

Go ahead and create a tunnel around the cleavage area for the straps. Fold the inner fabric and pin it in place. The tunnel should be 1.5 cm (0.59 inches) wide.

Sewing the tunnel for the straps

Sew on edge to secure. 

Hemming the bottom of the dress

7. Hem the dress

Make a 1cm (0.39 inches) hem around the raw edges of the dress (top and bottom). 

Making string straps for the dress

8. Make the straps

Cut out a 50 x 2 inches fabric strip. 

Pinning fabric to make the straps

Next, fold and pin the fabric right sides together and sew all the way down the middle, using a straight stitch. 

Trimming the excess fabric

Trim the excess fabric. 

Using a safety pin to turn the fabric

Use a safety pin to turn the fabric inside out.

Inserting the strap into the casing

Now feed the string through the tunnel, and you’re done! 

How to sew a bodycon dress

How to cut and sew a bodycon dress

How to cut and sew a bodycon dress tutorial

You now have your very own DIY bodycon dress! Now you know how to cut and sew a bodycon dress, what color will you be making yours in? Thanks for watching and let us know what you think in the comments below.

Suggested materials:
  • Spandex fabric
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
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