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Step 1: Gather your materials

  1. Bandeau dress pattern - custom to your measurements
  2. 1 yard red 4-way stretch faux leather fabric
  3. 1 strip of white 4-way stretch faux leather
  4. 1 white nylon separating zipper (18 to 27 inches depending on your desired dress length).
  5. 1 yard lightweight interfacing
  6. White all-purpose thread
  7. Red all-purpose thread
  8. Thread snips
  9. Roller presser foot
  10. Rotary cutter
  11. Rotary cutting mat
Supplies for making stretch leather bodycon dress

Step 2: Cut out the pattern pieces

Layout your red fabric on top of your cutting mat. Place your pattern on top of your fabric, ensure that the greatest amount of stretch runs horizontally across the pattern. Cut out both the pattern pieces and your fabric.

** Use either sewing weights or a couple small heavy objects to keep your pattern in place while cutting it out.**

Cut out dress pattern
Cut out the pattern pieces
Pulling up cut-out pattern pieces

Step 3: Sew side sections to front section

  1. Sew the left side section to the left front section using a 1/4 inch seam.
  2. Sew the right side section to the right front using a 1/4 inch seam.
  3. [Optional] Sew down the seams so that they lay flat for a more polished look.
    1. On the backside of the front, fold the seam over to one side and sew it down using a tight seam allowance.
Sew side sections to front section.
Sew side sections to front section.
Sew down the seams
Fold seam over and sew it down.
Seam after sewing it down.
The seam after it's sewn down.

Step 4: Check for fit

  1. At this point, you can drape the front section over you to confirm that the dress sits in the proper place at your chest.
  2. If you're happy with the fit, fold over the top by 1/4 inch and sew a stretch stitch across the top.
  3. If it needs to be lower, trim the material by the appropriate amount, and then stitch across the top.
Check for fit.
Check for fit
Sew hem across top of dress.
Hem the top of dress

Step 5: Sew on the mini-ruffle

  • About 1/3 of an inch from the top, sew the mini-ruffle to the front and side sections using a stretch stitch setting on your sewing machine.
  • We recommend using a roller presser foot whenever top-stitching faux leather or vinyl fabrics.
  • Your pattern will include a grey area showing how much to fold the material for the ruffle.
  • Take your time and review the video to observe the technique used to apply the ruffle.
Select a stretch stitch on your sewing machine.
Select a stretch stitch
Finished sewn ruffle.
Finished sewn ruffle

Step 6: Sew the zipper to the rear

  1. Sew a 1/3 inch strip of lightweight interfacing down each side of the rear seam where the zipper will go.
    1. This is to prevent the material from stretching while sewing the zipper and it will prevent the material from puckering.
  2. Change your presser foot to a zipper presser foot.
  3. Sew the zipper to the rear using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  4. Fold over the material at the top of the zipper by 1/4 of an inch and sew it down using a stretch stitch setting. Trim away any excess zipper tape from the inside of the dress.
Sew the rear zipper in place.
Sew the rear zipper

Step 7: Sew the rear section to the side sections

  • Sew the rear section to the side sections.
  • Try on the dress for fit.
  • Trim the bottom of the dress if required.
  • [Optional] Hem the bottom of the dress with a 1/4 hem using a stretch stitch.

Step 8: Rock and Roll!

Your done! Time to show off you creation. The dress is great for a night out, or as a base for a cosplay costume. Be sure to checkout our wide variety of stretch leather fabrics.

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