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DIY: Jewel Neck Dress Tutorial

Making Your Own:

What You Need:

  • Tissue Paper (to make your pattern)
  • 1.5-2m of fabric
  • Paper and fabric scissors (or a rotary cutter)
  • Fabric pen or marker
  • Pins (I also used fabric clips)
  • Sewing machine (I also used a serger)
  • Matching thread
  • 2 hooks and eyes (to close the neck in the back)

Getting Started:

Take your measurements and draw your pattern pieces on to tissue.

Jewel Neck Pattern Pieces 3

Tissue Pattern Pieces

Cutting Fabric

Sewing:

Pin and sew the darts on the front and and the front lining.

Pinning Darts

With right-sides together (what will be the outside of the dress), pin the lining pieces to the dress pieces.  Sew the armholes.

Right sides together

Pinning arms and neck

 

Sew the arms together. I also finished the bottom edge of the liner using a serger.

Sewn Arms

On the back pieces, sew the armholes as well as form the neck down to where you marked your fabric (6″ from the top).

Back lining

Sewn back lining

With right-sides together, pin and sew the back pieces together.

Back together

With right-sides together, pin the front and back pieces together.  Sew the side seams.

Sides together

With right-sides together, pin and sew the sides of the neckband.

Pin and sew neckband

With right-sides together, pin the neckband’s raw edges to the raw edges of the neckline on the front and back pieces.  Sew together.

Attaching neckband

Finishing Touches:

Add the hook and eyes to the back of the neckband.  Finish the raw edges along the bottom of the dress.  Turn up and sew the hem.

Voila!

Front and back

 

If you have any tips, tricks, questions, or suggestions for future projects, feel free to leave them in the comments below!

Until next time! Happy sewing!

B

 

6 thoughts on “DIY: Jewel Neck Dress Tutorial

    1. Hi Meghan! Thanks for your comment! I just used a hip curve ruler to connect the neckline to the side seams. The angles are really your personal preference. Sometimes, when I’m making a garment without pattern pieces, I like to try on something that I own (with a similar fit) to get a better idea of how I want the new garment to fit. Good luck! 🙂

  1. I was searching for tutorials on sewing a dress from scratch and I happen to cross on this project. This is my first time sewing a dress and I found your project easier to to follow. However, I was wondering if it is possible to add a zipper at the back part?

    1. Absolutely! I used a stretch knit so there was no need for a zipper. If you give it a try, let me know how it goes!
      Happy sewing!
      -B ☺

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