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Homemade Dress / Designer Quality using Ribbon

Hi this is Jenifer here with you today to share a couple things you can do to handmade clothing to give it more of a designer look. My daughter needed a dress for a recital that she was performing in; all of the dresses we found were not really appropriate or didn’t really fit properly. My daughter is very tall and thin and what will fit her waist ends up being 5 or 6 inches to short in the length and if we buy the right length then she is usually swimming in it. To get the proper fit and length I usually end up making her clothing but I try to add little touches to give it more of a designer feel instead of handmade look.

Homemade Dress / Designer Quality using Ribbon

For this dress I used Simplicity pattern 2986 and added about 4″ to the length. May Arts have such fun, beautiful and quality ribbons to make my garments go from good to fantastic.

Homemade Dress / Designer Quality using Ribbon

A few yards of eyelet around the sleeves and hem give a nice finished look. Honestly it doesn’t take to much more time to add these little details. The details make the difference.

Homemade Dress / Designer Quality using Ribbon

For the hem I used some eyelet and then a piece of mesh ribbon to cover my cut edges, to give a beautiful finished seam.

Homemade Dress / Designer Quality using Ribbon

To finish off the dress I fashioned a belt with a bow from the EA line.

Here she is in her dress all ready to go. She even has some of the May Arts elastic in her hair as a headband and a hair tie 🙂

Homemade Dress / Designer Quality using Ribbon

By Jenifer Cowles




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  1. TracyM #6773

    You have done a wonderful job making this dress Jenifer, finished off perfectly with the lace, ribbon and flower!!!
    Your daughter looks lovely modelling her new dress too, hope all went well with her recital!!!

  2. Michele (by belle)

    What a lovely dress!!

  3. Amante del Papel

    is fabulous!!!


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