Introduction: One-shoulder, Mermaid Prom Dress
Save hundreds of dollars my making, customizing, and personalizing your own prom dress for that special day!
Step 1: Select 2 Fabrics
Select one fabric for the body of the dress, and another for the skirt, depending on how you want the skirt to move and look, I recommend using a tulle fabric for a more structured, princess, and dramatic mermaid look. Or you can choose a light and airy fabric for a more elegant, and flowy skirt
* I choose a gold sequin fabric for the top, and a champagne chiffon fabric for the skirt. For a size small, women's 2, you will need approximately 2 yards for the body, and 3 yards for the skirt. Add or take away fabric accordingly to the size of your desired dress.
Step 2: Cut 2 Pieces for the Bodice, Then Sew Them Together
Using the fabric you selected to construct the top of your dress, cut our 2 hourglass figure shapes, with a straight edge top and bottom. This will be your top and back panel. ( If you want to have a sweetheart neckline, then cut the front panel's top edge with a sweetheart style.
Measure your length from underarms to knees, to find your height for the fabric
Measure your sides from underarm to underarm, to find your width for the top
Measure your waist, to find your width for the middle of the dress
Measure your hip to hop length, to find the width of your bottom half
Step 3: Cutout 4 Pieces for the Skirt, and Sew Them Together
For the skirt, cut out 4 triangular pieces. These pieces should have a rounded curve base, and the points of the triangles need to be cut out into a rounded inside edge.
Once you have the four pieces, sew their edges together.
* If you want to have a slit in your dress, do not sew together the last two edges, leave them open!
Step 4: Assemble
Next, Sew your top edge of your skirt, to the bottom edge of your dress - inside out
Step 5: Make the Strap
I used the left over scraps, and braided them together to create the strap.
Then sew the edge of the strap to the top left edge of the dress.
Optional But Recommended:
Use any scraps to sew another strap of the other side of the dress, to be able to hand the dress on a hanger easily
Step 6: Trim Any Loose Threads
add any embellishments or decals,
cut loose threads,
finishing hemming all parts,
line the inside of dress if wanted
Step 7: Accessorize and Wear!
Your Prom dress is finished!
Finish this look with stunning heels and jewelry!
have fun on prom night!