Velvet and Lace Holiday Dress Sewing Tutorial

eucalyptus print celosia velvet

Outfit Details:

Dress Designed by me (Velvet fabric c/o Spoonflower, Lace from Jo-Ann’s), Manolo Blahnik Heels (more affordable version here)


Happy Friday! I’m on a total roll with DIY Friday’s again — three in a row!

Today I’m really excited to team up with Spoonflower to share their new Celosia Velvet fabric! If you don’t know, Spoonflower is an online fabric store where independent designers can share their designs (or you can create and upload your own like I did here!), and then you can have a design printed on cotton, silk, knit, poplin, fleece, minky, and more…even wallpaper or wrapping paper…and now velvet!

And even better, they’re offering 10% off with code merrick10 for any of their fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap through October 31st.

velvet holiday dress with lace sleeves
a bold holiday dress with Spoonflower's new Celosia velvet fabric
lace cap sleeves
off to a holiday party in eucalyptus leaf print celosia velvet fabric from Spoonflower
teal lace contrast sleeves

Spoonflower is a really cool concept, and I love that it gives budding designers a chance to share their designs on a big platform. I was excited to get a first look at the velvet and then make a fun holiday dress with whatever design I wanted. You can see the runner up designs here.

You guys know I love my neutrals, and I love a LBD, but I couldn’t resist doing something a little more bold for this look. Holiday is the time to go bold! I found this gorgeous eucalyptus leaf design, and with the teal and red, it had hints of holiday without being over the top. Printed on velvet made it look super luxe and it is perfect for holiday.

Now I want to show you the step by step sewing instructions for this project.


3 yards Celosia Velvet
20-22″ invisible zipper
1/2 yard lace (I found mine at Jo-Ann’s)

Note: I do not provide printable patterns for my tutorials. Please use these instructions to create your own pattern.

how to make a velvet and lace fit and flare dress for the holidays!

First, cut your pattern pieces. You’ll need a BODICE FRONT and BODICE BACK, NECKLINE LINING pieces for the front and back, CAP SLEEVES (cut from the lace), two LACE EDGE pieces (if you want a finished edge , and two SKIRT pieces (make sure the circumference of the skirt waist is equal to the circumference of your waist).

Step 1. Mark your darts and sew into each side of the BODICE FRONT.

Step 2. If needed insert darts into the back of your dress. The Celosia Velvet doesn’t have any stretch, so darts were needed for me.

Now take your BODICE FRONT and BACK pieces and sew them together at the shoulders with right sides of the fabric together.

Step 3. Take your cap sleeve pieces and and your lace edge pieces and sew them together with right sides together. The reason I did this is because the cap sleeve has to be curved so you can’t cut it along the edge of the lace. So I cut off the pretty edge and attached it later!

Step 4. Take your SLEEVE piece and line up the top of the curve with the shoulder seam on your BODICE. Pin in place.

Step 5. Pin the rest of the SLEEVE along the arm opening on the BODICE and sew in place, as shown.

Step 6. Take your BODICE and, with right side of the fabric together, sew the sides up.

Step 7. Now take your NECKLINE LINING pieces. You’ll have 2 pieces that look like a “C”. Match them up with right sides together and sew them together on the short sides (not shown, but you can see it better in this tutorial in step 10).

Now tuck your LINING inside your dress and flatten into place. We’ll top stitch it in a minute.

Step 8. Take your SKIRT pieces and cut the back one in half down the middle.

Step 9. Take your skirt pieces and sew up the sides with right sides of the fabric together.

Step 10. Now take your bodice and skirt and line them up with right sides of the fabric together and sew around the entire waistband to attach them.

Step 11. Add an invisible zipper up the back using the instructions on the packaging, then sew up the rest of the dress in the back, hem to your desired length, and topstitch around the neckline.

Now go wear it to a holiday party and prepare to shock everyone when they ask where you got your dress 🙂


Also, don’t forget that all Spoonflower fabric, wallpaper, or gift wrap is 10% off with code merrick10 through the end of October!

The DIY statement dress that's perfect for any holiday party

Thank you to Spoonflower for partnering on this post!


  1. Hannah says:

    From the color to fabric, everything is flawless, you are looking drop dead gorgeous in this holiday dress. and your instructions are as usual very clear. I started following your blog with this post and became your blog posts fan. It would be a great pleasure for me and for my readers if you can write for my blog. xxx Hannah

    • merrickwhite says:

      You’re so kind — thank you for following along! I don’t currently do guest posting, but I appreciate you offering! Best of luck with your blog. xx

      • Hannah says:

        you are always welcome, would you like me to write for your blog on the topics like “Baby Shower Gifts for Every Type of Mom or about Crochet Skirt Patterns? Thanks

  2. Luci says:

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful! I can’t wait to make it. I ordered the fabric and can’t wait to start! xoxo -Lucia

  3. Tiffany Mathis says:

    holy MOLY Merrick, this is unbelievable! I love all your work, and have followed from the verrrrry beginning, but this is hands down my favorite piece you’ve created. I’d buy this from a store with a Merrick’s Art label SO quick!

  4. marilyn says:

    What a stunning dress! Just wondering whether you know if you can buy this lace online? I am from Australia and would love to try this outfit. The lace is beautiful!

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  6. Melissa Cairns says:

    omg this is beautiful. I will have to make it, Another australian (love the gum leaves).


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