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 all 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 front pieces and the center front piece and sew them together with the right side facing. Then sew the side back piece and the center back piece together (right side facing). 

DIY off the shoulder dress step 2
Step 2
Press all seams open.

DIY ruffle off the shoulder dress
Step 3
Serge the edges and seam allowance of the skirt and bodice panels of the previous step. For serging, you can serge everything at the beginning or after sewing a seam to save thread. 

DIY ruffle off the shoulder dress step 4
DIY ruffle off shoulder dress step 4
Step 4
Draw guidelines in the sleeves, front- and back bodice with a marker or chalk. This guideline is for the elastic placement this will make it easier to sew the elastic later on in this project. 

Step 5
Gather the bottom edge of the front- and back bodice with a gathering foot. If you do not have a gathering foot, You can do it the old fashion way by hand, or you use the basting stitch (biggest stitch) on your sewing machine with the regular presser foot.

Step 6
Now match up the gathered panel onto the waist panel with the right sides together, then sew the panels together(right sides together).  If you didn't use a gathering food, gather the fabric of the top panel until it matches the width of the waist panel.

Step 7
Place the back panels on top of the front piece and the sew sides seams(right side facing), then follow up with an overlock.

Step 8
Sew the skirt onto the bodice, make sure that the skirt is touching the plate on the sewing machine.

Step 9
Sew the bottom edge of the sleeve by folding it once then place the elastic on the guideline and sew it down with a zigzag or a basting stitch. Personally, I prefer sewing the elastic with a basting stitch.

Step 10
Fold the sleeve in half with the right side facing and sew the inner seam with a straight stitch.

Step 11
Next, sew the sleeve to the bodice, follow it up with an overlock.

Step 12
After, sew the off the shoulder neckline by folding the top edge twice (5mm) or fold the top edge one time (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 an invisible zipper foot.

DIY off the shoulder dress sew the centre back
Step 14
Close the remaining center back seam of the skirt.

how to hem an off the shoulder dress
Step 15
The final step, is to hem the skirt hem all the way around by folding the bottom edge one time (2 cm) or by folding the edge twice (1 cm).

Let me know 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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