DIY Two-Piece Lace Dress Part 1: The Top


Hello, it’s Momo here! Today’s tutorial is on a fully lined, two-piece lace dress. This is the first of two parts and will
be focused on making the top. There’s a lot to go through,
so let’s get started. Make sure to subscribe if you’re new,
and outfits will be at the end of the video. The top is a basic tank top with a V-neck. I added two one-inch darts right below
the bust to cinch in the waist. The back is the same pattern, but it has a
lower neckline, and it’s also split into two with a one-inch seam allowance
down the center for the zipper. The shoulder straps are one inch wide. I started with the shoulder strap by folding
it in half and sewing along the side. Once it was turned right side out, I snipped
off about two inches from each of the strap. This little strip is going to be attached to the O ring
to make up the back part of the shoulder strap. Before attaching the lining to the fashion fabric,
I sandwiched the straps between the two layers. Notice that they’re placed upside down, but no worries! They will be in the correct orientation
once the layers are flipped right side up. On the back, the strip is a little bit too short to
stay put as a loop, so I’m going pin it in place. Also, the lining is a single piece here because
I was still playing around with ideas for the back design, so I didn’t want to cut it up just yet. I sewed along the neckline and added
some ease by snipping into the seam. I also trimmed off the corners where the shoulder
straps are attached and sewed the seam onto the lining. Here is a close up, and I’m going
to sew right next to the seam. It was tricky to get around the shoulder strap
area since there was very little room to work with, but I managed to avoid catching any unwanted fabric. Plan B would have been to
hand-sew around these corners. Either way, all of these steps help
to create a smooth neckline. For the darts, I sewed both layers together as one
and made sure everything was smooth before sewing. The dart is basically a right side
triangle with a half inch base. At this point, I decided to open up the back
completely and attach it to the front. Because my fabric doesn’t have much of
a stretch to it, I went with a zipper for closure. This is all excess fabric, so I’m going to
add the zipper right here for a better fit, inverted so that it opens up from the bottom. First, I closed up the back with a baste
stitch that will be removed later on. With the zipper lined up against the baste
stitch, I sewed close to the zipper teeth. And for a clean finish, I tucked away
the end of the zipper tape to hide it. With the baste stitch removed, the
zipper should open up freely like so. After removing the excess fabric and zipper,
I finished the hem with a decorative elastic. Here is a snippet of the skirt
for demonstration purposes. As always, I attach the elastic with the scallops
facing away from the edge before going back in to secure the raw edge. All that’s left is the shoulder strap. A needle and thread was helpful with
guiding the strap through the slider. Looking down at the slider from the top, the
general looping pattern is to go through the first slot from the bottom and
over through the second slot. This pattern is repeated a second time. Now, let’s take a look at the actual strap. See how the strap goes through the first slot
from the bottom, over through the second loop into the O ring from the top back through the first slot from the bottom and over through the second slot. Notice that the second loop
also sits inside of the first loop. The end of the strap is secured to this part. Here it is in action. Under. Over. Over. Under. And over again. With the end secured, you’ve
got yourself an adjustable strap! Maybe it’s the holiday season, but this
outfit makes me feel so festive! I love how the sunlight plays off of the glitters
on this skirt, and the top adds a minimalist effect. A leather jacket in the same earthen
tones provides some warmth. Wide legged pants are one of
those things you either love or hate. I fell in love with the flow and fabric of
this pair, and I decided to keep the leather jacket for a contrast in textures that, at
the same time, doesn’t clash with the bottoms. Thank you so much for watching,
and I will see you back here for part two! Bye!

32 thoughts on “DIY Two-Piece Lace Dress Part 1: The Top

  1. I'm so happy I found your channel lol. I Love sewing channels and ones that explain thing clearly… and you do! I Love how you teach, so clear and simple. and this outfit is beautiful 💜xx

  2. The clothes look amazing but quite complicated for me.. i found i had to keep replaying parts to understand what you said.. as sometimes you talked a bit fast and i couldn't understand each word clearly.. but maybe thats just me.

  3. I really like how your videos are specific to your own projects but not necessarily a step by step generic "here's how you do it." Issues that you might run into depending on the specific piece you're working on!

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