DIY Tutorial: V-Neck Dress – College Fashion

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Reformation Cherry Red Cote Dress

Cote Dress from The Reformation

For this week’s DIY tutorial, I will be showing you how to make a cute dress that you can whip up in about an hour. 

I’ve based this tutorial on a red v-neck dress that I saw on The Reformation’s website. Although it’s quite a summery dress, you can continue to wear this into the fall by layering it over a turtleneck and tights. Read on to learn how to make your very own dress.

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Things you will need:

Note: Using a stretch fabric means not having to put in a zipper, or other types of closures. Although, if you make this a looser-fitting dress, you could get away with woven materials as well. I suggest materials such as ponté, or other thicker knits. As for wovens, denim and corduroy would work well.

How to Make It:

First, cut out your pattern pieces. I’ve used a different format than usual for this tutorial, as the pieces were too big to fit on my backdrops! Hopefully this will be clear, or even clearer than usual.

For the top of the dress, lay a t-shirt that fits you well on top of some tracing paper, then outline the shoulder, neckline, and waist, as shown in the image. Be sure to add a half-inch of seam allowance on all raw edges. 

Then, draw a straight line down from the neckline to create the v-neck. Cut out the back following the original, and the front following the straight line.

For the skirt pieces, cut two trapezoids. The top part should measure half of your waist measurement, and the bottom about 1.5 times that measurement. If desired, you can also add pockets using our “How to Add Pockets” tutorial as a guide.

Learn how to draft your own dress pattern with this easy tutorial.

Attach the top at the shoulder and side seams.

Sew the front pieces together along the shoulder and side seams. Then, fold in the neck and arm holes by half an inch and hem them down. Sew the skirt together at the side seams.





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