Sewing can be daunting, but this dress (if you follow along) is actually easy to put together. The top part is a fitted t-shirt and is a no-sew project using E-6000 Fabri-Fuse. Fabri-Fuse is a washable and dry cleanable fabric glue that is flexible when it dries, so it's perfect to use on knits.
Step 1: You'll Need:
2 yards of lace or embellished fabric
2 yards lining
1 yard elastic
1 fitted black t-shirt
Scissors and straight pins
Cut two panels of lining that are 20" wide by 2 yards long
Pin and stitch them together using 1/2" seam allowance so that you have a 20" wide by 4 yard long panel
Hem one edge of the panel by turning and turning 1/4"
Cut two 21" by 2 yard long panels of fabric using the edge of the fabric as the edge of each panel
(You will have a strip left over in the middle to use later)
Pin and stitch them together so that you have a 21" by 4 yard long panel of fabric
Use 1/2" seam allowance
Pin the lining to the wrong side of the lace and stitch the raw edges together with 1/4" seam allowance
Along that same stitch line you are going to bunch the fabric under the presser foot and gather the 4 yard panel together
Cut elastic so that it fits comfortably around your waist
Mark the elastic in 4 equal parts
Pin the elastic evenly along the gathered fabric
Sew the elastic to the gathered fabric by stretching the elastic as you sew using 1/2" seam allowance
With right sides together, pin all 4 layers together and stitch down the side seam from the elastic to the hem.
Cut out pieces from your lace and the decorative edge of your lace (if you have some left over)
Insert cardboard in the t-shirt
Figure out your lace placement and apply the lace and edging with E-6000 Fabri-Fuse
Let it dry overnight and you're done!