As I promised in my last fashion inspiration post, here comes my boho lace dress DIY! I made it out of a lace curtain using an old tee as a pattern 😉 For this DIY, I got inspired by lace tees in general and the one worn by Kayla Hadlington in particular.
Why Curtain?.. Why Not!
Yep, I made this dress out of a lace curtain! Why? Well, because I got the curtain several years ago, and I absolutely did not know what to do with it!
The curtain was left abandoned in my closet for all this time. I do not remember where it came from or why I accepted it as a gift (it was definitely a gift: I would never buy anything like this even for $1). I think it may even have traveled with me from Russia! I guess I felt nostalgic and wanted to have a piece of the mother land in my home. This kind of interior design style used to be very popular in 1980s in Russia, so it is quite possible this is a vintage curtain.
I would never put this kind of curtain on my windows (aggrh, why did I bring it at all!), so I had only two options: Give it away to a charity store or… use it for a DIY 🙂 I liked the yellow daisy tee in Kayla’s post and decided to make something similar. Half a tee, half a boho dress.
And so I did!
The last time when I made a dress was about 20 years ago. I think these results are not that bad 😉
How To Get The Look
In this outfit I wear the DIY dress with high waisted denim shorts, a bandeau top and T.U.K. shoes. I added a body chain and an ethnic statement necklace to support the boho look. To add some accent on the hands I put on white jadeite bead bracelets (also a DIY of mine). Not sure about how well the over-sized baroque round sunglasses fit the over-all look, but this pair was the best match among all the sunglasses I have.
Boho Lace Dress DIY Steps
For this DIY I needed a dress pattern. I did not know how to print the full size dress pattern on my tiny printer, so I decided to use a different approach. I took an old tee, cut it along the seems and used it as a pattern. Easy-peasy 😉
- For this DIY you will need:
- white lace curtain (or just some lace fabric);
- an old oversized t-shirt;
- white thread;
- a sewing machine.
- Cut the tee along the seams.
- Cut the front part in two in the middle. You should end up with two tee pieces: a half of the front and a flat sleeve.
- Put the front part of the tee on the double folded curtain. Cut the curtain along the tee leaving about 1/3” (0.8 cm) from the tee sides for the hem allowance. Repeat the step to make the back part.
Here I decided to make some changes in the design. I made the dress longer and wider on the bottom. In addition, I used the ornamented hem of the curtain as the hem of the dress.
- Fold the curtain in two and cut out the dress sleeves using the tee sleeve as a pattern.
Here I again decided to use the curtain hem. Now the dress hem and the sleeves have the same ornament.
- Cut the hems along the lace ornament lines. Do it with the dress parts and the sleeves.
- Sew the shoulder seams. Cut the hem allowance close to the seam.
- Sew in the sleeves.
- Sew the dress sides.
On the bottom I left the sides open for about 11” (30 cm) and hemmed them.
And now wear it! Happy DIY-ing!
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