Thrift Flip: Lace Curtain to Gorgeous Boho Fringe Dress

May Lina
by May Lina
9 Materials
2 Hours

I found a beautiful lace curtain for three dollars at a thrift store and decided I was going to make it into a flowy upcycled fringe dress. Keep reading to see the process and the gorgeous results of this DIY fringe dress project.

Tools and materials:

  • Lace curtain
  • Dress (to trace)
  • Rope or yarn
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine


  • Black tea
  • Large pot
  • Crochet hook
DIY fringe dress


I folded the fabric in half so I can cut the front and back pattern pieces at the same time. I laid a dress that fits me well on top of the fabric, and cut around one half of it, leaving ample spare fabric on the sides.

Make a fringe dress

Then I folded over the cut fabric, and cut around it to make the pieces symmetrical.

How to make a fringe dress

Next, I separated the layers, folded one in half lengthwise, and cut the neckline on the back pattern piece.

Sew a fringe dress

And then I cut the neckline for the front piece. You can hold the pieces up against yourself to get a better idea of how you want to cut the neckline.

How to sew a fringe dress


Once I was happy with the shape of the dress, I sewed the front and back pieces together at the shoulders.

Easy fringe dress


I tried on the dress, and pinned the sides, making the dress as loose or tight as I liked it.

Upcycled fringe dress

I also decided the length and marked where I wanted the hem to be with a pin. 

Thrift flip fringe dress


Next, I cut the excess fabric from the sides and the bottom.


Then I sewed the side seams together.

Sleeve pattern

See 3:27-4:11 for instructions on how to make a pattern for the sleeves.


I folded my fabric and cut two sleeves, leaving a ½-inch seam allowance around the edges.

Once I cut around the top, I measured out how long I wanted my sleeves to be, and cut straight down the sides of the pattern until that point.


Next, I folded each sleeve in half and sewed down the sides. 

Step: Adjust

At this point, I realized the armholes of the dress weren’t quite big enough, and the curve of the sleeves wasn’t exactly the right shape, so I made the appropriate adjustments.

Pin and sew

Once the sleeves and arm holes were fixed, I pinned the sleeves in place and sewed them down.

Bell pattern

To make the pattern for the bell of the sleeve, I cut a rectangle the same length as the circumference of the sleeve. Then I cut strips almost to the top of the rectangle and spread out the strips.

Then I taped the strips to a second piece of paper, and cut around it. 


Then I folded the fabric over and cut out two bell pieces by cutting around the pattern.

Fold and sew

I folded both pieces in half and sewed them down along the side.

Pin and sew

I pinned the bells to the ends of the sleeves and sewed them in place.


I realized I didn’t want such a white fabric, so I decided to dye it with black tea. For instructions on how to dye fabric with tea, see the video from 8:47-9:52.

Make the fringe

I used rope to make the fringe, but you can also use yarn. I decided to crochet the base of the fringe. I made a row of chain stitches as long as the bottom edge of the dress, and then another row of double crochets. You can also just make a thick braid, instead of crocheting.

Then I cut pieces of rope of the desired length for the fringe and threaded them through the base, and knotted them as close to the top as possible.

Then I grabbed two strings from one tassel, and two strings from the tassel beside it, and tied a knot a bit lower than the first row to get a net-like look. 


I adjusted the length of the fringes.


Then I sewed the fringe to the bottom of the dress.

Finally, I hemmed the neckline and sleeves. I used a folded hem for the sleeves and a bias binding hem on the neckline. 

And the dress was complete!

Isn’t this a beautiful transformation? Let me know what you think of this thrift flip fringe dress. 

Suggested materials:
  • Lace curtain
  • Dress
  • Rope
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  • Brenda Brenda on Jun 07, 2022


    I love this! Great job!

  • Lucía Lucía on Jun 07, 2022

    You did great, I like it. Is the lace polyester or cotton? How does it hold the color from the black tea after washing it? Regards,