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I posted this dress on my Instagram thread earlier this week and decided to share a quick DIY tutorial on how to create your own strapless bodycon dress in minutes. I love these dresses for the figure flattering fit; it can be worn with a jacket and pumps during the day and alone with a strappy heel for a night out.

The pattern used for this dress was basically created from an existing bodycon dress that was too big:

Materials Needed:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stretch Knit/Spandex Fabric
  • An existing body-con dress (as the base for your correct measurements and to cut your pattern)
  • Pins
  • ½” Non roll Elastic Band (Optional)


  • Iron out your fabric so that it is crease free.
  • It is important to fold your fabric in four pieces. The folded edge facing towards you.
  • Place your existing body-con dress that is evenly folded in half down on the folded edge of your fabric.
  • Use your body-con or fitted dress as a guide for cutting out your tube pattern. Cut your desired length and cut straight across the cleavage area.

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  • Pin the cut edges of your fabric inside out.
  • Sew along side the pinned area.
  • Hem to your desired length.
  • Add elastic to the top of your dress for extra security. (Optional)
  • All done honey!


Sewing skill level: Beginner/Easy

Fabric used: ITY knit stretch jersey in white from fabric wholesale direct; good for dresses, skirts, pants and shirts.

 How I’d Style This Dress: Duster Jacket Make Me Chic; Shoes Vici; Handbag Amazon; Necklace Make Me Chic; Earrings Make Me Chic.



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