Designing my clothes has been a dream of mine for a long time. However, I do not have the sewing skills or time necessary to do this. Fortunately, you can accomplish a lot by using some quick and easy DIY tricks.
You can create 5 different DIY dress designs using a plain white dress and black lace. The black lace I used is elastic, which makes it easier to work with and more forgiving to measuring mistakes.. Below are some design ideas you can make with these materials:
Design #1: Neckline Lace Hem
You can add some color to the dress by sewing lace on the neckline. Start by pinning the lace to the neckline of the dress. If the lace is too wide, you can fold it so that half of it is on the reverse side of the dress. If the dress has a zipper, consider sewing the lace only on the front side of the dress. This will help you avoid the more difficult stitches around the zipper.
For this first DIY dress design, I sewed the lace only on the front of the dress, leaving the back without a hem. I used a sewing machine and a thread that matches the color of the lace. Although using a sewing machine saves time, you can also do this by hand.
Design #2: Hem the End of the Skirt
If you want to emphasize the end of the skirt, you can add a hem to it. You can use the same lace as the one on the neckline. Instead of folding the lace, however, here I used its entire width. You can sew the lace on the lining of the dress, on its reverse side, or on the visible side of the dress. Because I was looking for a wide hem, I sewed the lace on top of the visible side of the dress.
Making straight stitches has always been hard for me, but luckily the dress was already hemmed and I was able to sew the lace straight alongside the hem stitches.
Make sure to start sewing from the back of the dress so the stitches that tie together the two ends of the lace remain in the back and are less noticeable.
For more detailed instructions on hemming, you can check out this blog post.
Design #3: Accessorize with a Belt
Now that you have lace on the neckline and at the end of the skirt, you may want to add a belt for a complete look. If you use elastic lace, adding a lace belt is a piece of cake. You can fold the lace in half, measure the length you’ll need, cut the lace, and tie the ends in a bowl behind your waist. You can also make lace loops to hold the belt, or sew the belt to the dress. This video tutorial will walk you through the different ways to make a lace belt.
Design # 4: Add Some Flowers
If you are a fan of the minimalist style, you have probably stopped at design 2 or 3. If you still feel like there is a lot more you can do with this outfit, try adding several do-it-yourself lace flowers. Being a person that loves flowers and flare, I decided to make 2 lace flowers with petals and sew them on the neckline of the dress. For tips on how to make these flowers, check out this short tutorial.
Design # 5: Make a Matching Necklace
A look cannot be complete without the right accessories. You can use the black elastic lace to make a cute two-tier necklace or a headband. Check out this post for a step-by-step guide.