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The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to sew your own DIY dress | Randomly Happy

This post is split up into two sections. First we’ll looks at using the DIY dress pattern to cut out some fabric. Then we’ll look at how we sew some of the sections together.

A simple guide to sewing a DIY dressA simple guide to sewing a DIY dress

We won’t quite get to a full dress, but we’re getting close! And, heck, that’s OK because look how lovely it is to work on such a great, simple project!

Want to learn more about making your own delicious DIY dress? 
Check out the whole of the series:

Choosing the right fabric
 The perfect DIY dress pattern (with only 3 measurements)
DIY dress sewing success
Getting the perfect finish 
The easiest elastic waist ever
Finishing the sleeves (like a pro)
3 steps to a brilliant hem

Cutting your fabric

You will need:

Dress pattern from week 2
Pins
Tailor’s chalk
Scissors

The ultimate guide to sewing the perfect DIY dress. A totally easy tutorial showing you how to sew your own DIY dress | Randomly Happy

To cut the pieces:

1. Use the pattern you created in week 2 and layout the pieces as shown.

2. Cut away, using the handy tips above.

3. Don’t be scared of the two extra pieces on the side (the italic i shape and the fat, shallow U). These form the facings for our dress – a handy way of finishing the edges of a dress.

How to sew your diyΒ dress

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You will need:

Dress pieces
Pins
Tailor’s chalk
Sewing machine, thread

To make the top section:

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1. Place the right sides of the top together. Match up the shoulders and sides. Pin in place.
2. Sew along the shoulders using a 1.5 cm seam allowance. Don’t sew up the neckline!
3. Find the shoulder to armpit measure you took in week 2 (or just measure it again). Transfer this measure onto your pattern using tailors chalk. This is so you don’t sew up your arm holes!
4. Sew from the line you just marked to the bottom of the top. Repeat for the other side.

To make the skirt section:

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1. Place the right sides of the skirt together. Match up the sides. Pin in place.
2. Sew down each side using a 1.5 cm seam allowance.
3. Give everything a good press. This always makes the stitches seam neater!
  1. Reply
    Madalynne

    Although I'm not participating in this, it relates to something I recently discovered. The simplest projects are the ones I like the most. Not because their easy but because in my everyday life, I wear simple clothes that stand out with fabric, fit, and silhouette.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      So glad it's not just me Madalynne! Was starting to think I was the only one πŸ™‚

      x Elena

  2. Reply
    Beth

    Very cool series!! I really love simple projects too. I'm totally procrastinating my more complicated projects right now.

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      I am completely the same – easy project = quick win!

      x Elena

  3. Reply
    tara

    I love this pattern!
    But I clicked through all the sections, and I can't see how much fabric I'll need?

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      Hi Tara,

      I bought 3 metres of fabric and had some left over (I'm a UK size 10). You could probably get away with a bit less or more, depending on your size and how loose you like your dress.

      Hope that helps!

  4. Reply
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