How to design & make your own prom dress

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How to design & make your own prom dress

Designing and making your own prom dress can be exhilarating and daunting. It's not an easy task, but it's a guarantee that you will have the most interesting dress at the prom. A great deal of sewing skill is necessary to actually make the dress out of expensive fabrics like silk, satin and lace, so make sure you have sewing experience or know someone who can help you.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Sketchpad
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Needle and thread
  • Dress pattern
  • Sewing machine (optional)

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    Choose an overall style for the dress. Decide whether you want it to be short, mid-length or floor-length. Decide if you want the dress to have two straps, one strap or if you want it to be strapless. Begin sketching a preliminary design on your sketchpad.

  2. 2

    Choose a colour. This is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. Pick a solid colour like red, pink, green or black. Or, you may want the dress to have a pattern like polka dots, stripes or flowers.

  3. 3

    Decide if you want any embellishments like beading or embroidery. These details require an advanced level of sewing skill, but you also have the option of purchasing fabric that is already embellished with beads, rhinestones or lace. Finish sketching your design.

  4. 4

    Determine how many yards of fabric you will need. You can do this by measuring your height, bust, waist and hips and taking these measurements to the fabric store. A salesperson will help you determine exactly how many yards of fabric you may need.

  5. 5

    Purchase the fabric for your dress, including any additional items like matching thread and fasteners like zippers and buttons. You may also want to purchase a dress pattern to make the sewing of your dress easier. Dress patterns are available at fabric and crafts stores and are basically a blueprint for a dress. The pattern will contain instructions on how to sew your dress, and you can find one that matches your personal design.

  6. 6

    Cut out the pieces you will need according to your dress pattern. The pattern pieces are large pieces of tan paper that have part of the dress drawn in the manner that it needs to be cut.

  7. 7

    Lay out your cut-out pieces according to the pattern. Place the pieces on a smooth surface like a large table or cutting board.

  8. 8

    Pin your individual pieces together in the correct order and sew according to the instructions on the pattern. You can choose to use a sewing machine or simply needle and thread.

Tips and warnings

  • Buy an extra yard of fabric just in case you make a mistake or need extra cloth.
  • Make sure you understand the cutting and sewing procedures before you begin.
  • This is a very advanced sewing project, so you may want to have someone help you.

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