This is my favorite DIY dress design so far – lace over dress. It is easy to make and the final result looks amazing!
Once you have the materials, you are only 4 easy steps away from making this gorgeous dress!
- Measure the lace
First, you’ll need to figure out how much lace you’ll need. To do that, wrap the top of the dress with the lace, aligning the end of the lace with the zipper on the back of the dress. Then, cut the lace where the ends overlap. I always leave a little bit extra, just in case – it is always easier to cut it later than to start from scratch again. You can use pins to mark the neckline mid-point and to attach the lace near the zipper.
- Sew the lace to the belt of the dress
When I say “belt of the dress” I am referring to the stitch at the end of the fitted top of the dress. Use a thread that matches the color of the lace and start sewing. It is very important to make sure that the lace aligns with this stitch before you start. If the lace edge is only slightly uneven, you can fold the lace and stitch over it to hide it. However, this only works for fixing few uneven areas. If the edge of the lace is not straight, cut it straight before sewing.
The way I sewed the lace is by making small loops around the belt stitch.
- Sew the lace on the neckline
Once you are done with the bottom and the side stitches, it is time to sew the lace on the neckline. Cut straight the top edge of the lace and shorten it if necessary. To make the stitches stronger and prettier, I left the lace a bit longer and folded it over the edge of the fabric of the dress. when sewing, I made the same loops over the neckline of the dress.
- Finish it up with some charms
Finally, I sewed the watch gears charms on the lace-covered top. The only trick here is to make an overhead knot for each of the gears – otherwise you risk making a knot that is too small and losing some of them. To accessorize, I glued four of the watch gears on four plain hair clips. I was able to complete everything without moving from my couch!