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How to Make a Prom Dress

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Shopping for a prom dress can be a very fun experience. On the other hand, if you can’t find a dress that fits your body type or a dress which you can afford, the shopping experience can become very frustrating. If you have some decent sewing skills you could skip the annoying shopping experience and make your own dress. Making your own dress is not a piece of cake but it is not an exact science either. Today we are going to give you a few tips in order to teach you how to make a prom dress.

  • Dress form

In order to be able to make the dress you will need a dress form which looks like the upper part of a plastic mannequin. You can buy a dress form but we advise you to make your own form which fits your dimensions. Making your dress form is very easy and very convenient. You start by wrapping your upper body in duct tape. Make sure that you wrap yourself in several layers of duck tape so that he end result will be very firm. For the next stage, you need a friend’s help. Ask someone to use scissors in order to cut the duct tape form in a straight line across the back. You then take the form of you, stitch it at the back so that it has a body shape and then you fill it with foam. When the foam dries up, you will have a dress form with the exact dimensions of your body.

  • Make a sketch

Once you have your dress form, you need to start working on your dress sketch. Try to sketch a dress that will look good on your body shape. For example if you have a rectangular body shape, try to choose a A-line model which will create the illusion of a smaller waist. If you have broad shoulder avoid strapless models. Once you make your dress sketch you will also have to make a sewing pastern so that you know how to split your material. If you are a beginner sewer and you have no idea how to make a prom dress, you might want to consider using the internet in order to find some already made dress pasterns.

  • Fabric and instruments

When you buy fabric for your dress try to buy one which has a decent quality. Try to buy more material than you actually need in case you will have to fix some mistakes. Keep in mind that some fabrics are harder to sew. For example, expandable fabric is a lot harder to sew and it requires some specific sewing instruments. On that note, you must make sure that you have all the necessary sewing instruments. Needless to say that you will need a lot of thread which has to have the same color as your fabric. Another essential step is washing your fabric before you start sewing it. Some lower quality fabrics will reduce their size the first time they are washed.

  • Ready, set, sew!

Once you have your fabric and all your necessary instruments, it is time to start sewing. Cut the fabric according to your sewing pattern and use pins in order to adjust it on the dress form. Once the fabric starts looking like your dream dress, all you have to do is use the sewing machine in order to do the sewing lines. As you can see, learning how to make a prom dress is quite easy if you take it step by step. All you need is a little creativity and some decent sewing skills. The main advantages of making your own prom dress are that you will be wearing a unique dress which will also be a lot cheaper than a store dress.


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