Tuesday, July 23, 2019
DIY off the shoulder dress
Hello, my fellow sewing babes! Do you love the off-shoulder neckline? You know I am and to continue my addiction, I'm back with another off the shoulder dress sewing tutorial that I made with this beautiful polka dot fabric. Loving the print so much, but I would not recommend using polyester fabric though when making this dress, but since I'm still kind of on a mission of not buying fabric, I just went for it. If you're interested, you can get the polka dot dress pattern right here.

DIY off shoulder dress
Sewing machine
Washable marker
Sewing pins
Invisible zipper foot

off shoulder dress sewing pattern
Begin by cutting the pattern pieces on the fabric of your choice, keeping the grainline parallel with the selvage of the fabric.

DIY off the shoulder dress step 1
Step 1
Take the side- and center front pieces and sew them with the pretty sides together using the straight stitch on your sewing machine. Repeat the same step with the side- and center back pieces.

DIY off the shoulder dress step 2
Step 2
Press the seams open, feel free to do this whenever during this sewing project.

DIY ruffle off the shoulder dress
Step 3
Serge all raw edges and seam allowance. Also, for serging the edges of all pieces you can do whenever during this sewing project.

DIY ruffle off the shoulder dress step 4
DIY ruffle off shoulder dress step 4
Step 4
Draw guidelines in the sleeve, front- and back bodice for the elastic placement this will make it easier to sew the elastic on.

Step 5
Gather the hem of the front- and back bodice. You can also gather the pieces the old fashion way by hand, or you can use the basting stitch on your sewing machine with the standard presser foot.

Step 6
Now match up the width of the gathered pieces onto the waist pieces with the pretty sides hugging, then sew the pieces together.

Step 7
Place the back pieces on top of the front piece, pretty sides hugging and sew the side seams together.

Step 8
Attach the skirt onto the bodice, make sure that the skirt is underneath the bodice when sewing the two pieces together.

Step 9
Hem the sleeve then sew the elastic on with a zigzag or a basting stitch. Personally, I prefer doing the basting stitch lately.

Step 10
Fold the sleeve in half with pretty sides hugging and close the sleeve seam with a straight stitch.

Step 11
Now that the sleeve is finished, you can attach the sleeve onto the bodice.

Step 12
Next, hem the off the shoulder neckline by folding the edge 2x (5mm) or folding the edge 1x (1cm).

how to sew a blind zipper in an off the shoulder dress
how to sew an blind zipper in an off the shoulder dress
Step 13
Attach the invisible zipper in the center back with a invisible zipper foot, trim the zipper at the neckline. Feel free to use a regular zipper if you prefer.

DIY off the shoulder dress sew the centre back
Step 14
Close the center back with a straight stitch from the zipper until the dress hem

how to hem an off the shoulder dress
Step 15
For the final step, is to hem the skirt hem all the way around by folding the rounded edge once or twice.

Let me know what your thoughts and if you have questions let me know below. Feel free to pin the pictures in this post on Pinterest.
DIY polka dot off the shoulder dress
DIY polka dot off the shoulder dress final results


  1. I'm so impressed! What a lot of skill! Wow!

  2. Just made this dress!!! Came out fantastic! Starting to sew another one of your patterns now!


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