How to Make a Boutique A-Line Dress

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How to Make a Boutique A-Line Dress
Use a sewing machine to make a boutique-style A-line dress (sewing machine image by Peter Baxter from

A-Line dresses have been popular and fashionable for many decades. A-line dresses are one of simplest garments to sew, and there are many versatile patterns available to guide you. Boutique A-line dresses often feature certain elements of flair, such as collars and pockets, and are often made of a more expensive fabric, such as silk or satin. Creating your own boutique A-line dress requires ingenuity, creativity and attention to detail.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

Things you need

  • A-line dress pattern
  • Silk or satin fabric
  • Lace
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Purchase or download an A-line dress pattern. Many A-line dress patterns are available online.

  2. 2

    Cut out your fabric according to the pattern's instructions. Most A-line dress patterns will include front and back pieces.

  3. 3

    Sew in any darts your pattern may have first. Many A-line dress patterns feature bodice darts to emphasise fitting. Darts also add a boutique touch to the finished dress.

  4. 4

    Turn the dress inside out and pin the front and back pieces of the dress according to the pattern's seam allowances. Sew the front and back pieces together on your sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Pin and sew the dress' hem according to the pattern's seam allowances.

  6. 6

    Add decorative pockets for boutique-style flair by sewing squares of approximately five by five inches to each side of the hip portion of the dress. Sew the bottom and sides, leaving the top open.

  7. 7

    Apply a pre-made lace collar of a complimentary colour by sewing or fabric gluing it onto the neckline of your A-line dress. This will also make the dress more boutique-worthy. Lace can also be sewn or fabric glued onto the sleeves and around the pockets to add more flair.

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