Every year at Alt Summit there’s a big party one of the nights. This year it was sponsored by Cricut and the theme was “Green,” meaning you had to wear something in any shade of green. A few days after the theme was announced, Liz from Cotton and Curls posted a sheath dress tutorial, and I instantly had the idea to make a dress like hers, but half black and half green sequins.
The whole idea came together flawlessly over the next few months with a trip to the LA fabric district where I scored the most amazing green sequin fabric at Michael Levine, and then discovered an old black dress in my refashion pile that turned out to be the perfect base for this dress. The rest is history.
Because I wasn’t making the dress from scratch, it came together really quickly and easily, and if I can find some other good dresses in my pile or at the thrift store, I’ll definitely be doing this again. (If I can find a good floral for the front, maybe even a similar dress to this gorgeous Stella McCartney dress that Rachel wore here…)!
- fitted dress (stretchy or not, with or without a zipper. Mine was a slightly stretchy blend with a long zipper down the back).
- 1 yard sequin fabric (any fabric works as long as it has some stretch).
- matching thread
- super strong machine needle
1. Start with a fitted dress, stretchy or not.
2. Cut up the sides and across the shoulders, cutting the dress in half. If it has sleeves, cut those off as well. Now you’ll have two pieces, a front and a back, which will look like the #3 illustration.
3. Lay the cut out front of your dress out on your sequin fabric, pin it down, and then cut around it (adding a 1/2 inch seam allowance as you cut). Make sure the stretch of your fabric is going across the dress.
4. With right sides together, attach the original back and the sequin front, sewing up the sides and at the shoulders.
5. Cut the sleeves out of the sequin fabric (using a short sleeved shirt as a pattern, if needed). Make sure the stretch goes across the sleeves. Then cut the neckline lining using the fabric from the front of the original dress. Cut it to be the same shape as the dress neckline, but one inch shorter on either end and about 2 inches wide.
6. With right sides together (which is not obvious in the illustration — sorry!) sew the sleeves closed.
7. Insert them into the arm holes of the dress (with right sides together, lining up the armpit seams), and sew around the arm hole with a straight stitch.
8. Once both sleeves are attached, your dress should look like this.
9. Pin the neckline lining to the dress neckline with right sides together. Match up the ends of the lining with the shoulders of the dress, stretching the lining to make it work. With a straight stitch, sew across the lining (stretching in between pins), stretching as you sew. Then flip the lining inside of the dress and pin into place.
10. Stitch across the neckline, securing the lining in place, and then hem your sleeves and skirt to your desired length and you’re done!
As always, comment with any questions! Happy Friday, and Happy Sewing!