You can make a beautiful prom gown at home for a fraction of the cost of a store-bought prom dress with all of the fashion appeal still left intact. Make the dress a strapless dress with a long tulle skirt, split open in the center to reveal a form-fitting Lycra skirt underneath. The dress is simple enough to make that even those with little sewing experience can complete the project in less than a few hours, and you can add your own creative touch to the dress with sewn-in sequins, gemstone appliques or other decorative pieces.
Things You'll Need
- Lycra fabric
- Form-fitting tube top
- Fabric pen (or chalk)
- Sewing machine (sewing needle)
- Tulle fabric
- 1-inch-wide ribbon
- Elastic (optional)
Lay a piece of Lycra fabric on a flat surface and fold it in half. Place a form-fitting tube top on top of the folded fabric. Trace around the fabric with a piece of chalk or a fabric pen, giving an extra 1/2 inch all the way around the tube top. Cut out the Lycra along the chalk lines.
Pin the edges of the Lycra cutouts together with the wrong sides facing outward. Turn the bottom 1/2 inch of the edge upward and pin it in place. Use a sewing machine to make a straight stitch or sew the stitch by hand. Repeat this step to make a clean seam for the top of the shirt as well. Sew the sides of the shirt together using a straight stitch, 1/4 inch away from the edges of the fabric.
Measure the circumference of your waist. Then measure the distance from the highest point of your waistline, just underneath your ribs to just above your knees.
Fold a piece of Lycra in half and trace out a line at the top of the fabric 1-1/2 inches longer than the circumference of your waist. Draw lines down the fabric equal to the waist-to-knee measurement at either end of the top line. Connect the bottom line with the chalk or fabric pen. Cut out the fabric.
Place the Lycra pieces on top of each other with the wrong sides facing outward. Sew the side edges together using a straight stitch, 1/4 inch away from the edge of the fabric.
Lay a piece of tulle on a flat surface, fold it in half and draw a line at the top of the fabric equal to the circumference of your waist plus 1 inch. Find the center point of the line, measure 36 inches down and make a mark on the fabric.
Make a trapezoid shape on the fabric by drawing a bottom line approximately 50 percent longer than the waist circumference at the bottom mark. Draw half of the line on either side of the mark and then connect the right and left sides of the tracing with the chalk.
Cut out the trapezoid shape. Pin the pieces together, and sew the right and left side edges together, approximately 1/4 inch away from the edge of the tulle.
Choose one face to be the front of the skirt and cut a straight line from the bottom, up 26 inches. Fold a piece of 1-inch-wide ribbon in half, pin it onto one side of the slit and sew the ribbon onto the tulle. Repeat this step to attach the ribbon to the other side of the slit.
Attach the same type of ribbon to the bottom hemline of the skirt in the same way that you attached it to the slits for finished edges.
Turn the Lycra inside out and slide the satin skirt over top of the bottom edge of the shirt; turned inside out as well. Turn the tulle skirt inside out and slide it over the skirt. Sew the three pieces together using a straight stitch.
Turn the entire dress right-side-out and sew a piece of 1-inch-wide ribbon around where the shirt is joined to the skirts.
Tips & Warnings
- For added bust support, sew in a piece of elastic to the top of the strapless Lycra top.
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