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DIY Sheer Maxi Dress


Here’s how you can make your very own sheer maxi dress like this one:

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also available at KarmaLoop

 

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1. Measure from the top of your shoulder to your ankle, this will determine the length of your dress; let’s call it, “LD”.  Measure from your shoulder to your hips, this will determine where the side slits in your dress will start, let’s call it, “SS”.

         

2. Take your fabric (1.5 – 2 yards) and fold it vertically (hot dog style!) twice, and then keep it in place with pins, like this:

3. Take your tank top and fold it in half vertically. Place your folded top onto your sheer fabric and trace it. Be sure to elongate the lines of the pattern in accordance with the “LD” measurement. Leave a mark for the start of the “SS”, and remember to add a ½ seam allowance. Like so:

 

4. Cut out the pattern. You should be left with two pieces:

Remember to add a 1/2 inch seam allowance line to both pieces of the dress

5. Pin the front and the back pieces of the dress together stopping at the “SS” mark, and sew. Hem the side slits (left and right slits on the front of the dress, and the left and right slits on the back). *To hem the side slits fold the outer edge of the fabric a 1/2 inch inward (so that it meets the seam allowance line), and then sew.

Remember to always sew with the dress inside out

6. Hem the armholes. For help with hemming follow Step 5 *instructions.

7a. Hem the neckline in the front and the back of the dress by following Step 5 *instructions:

8. Fold an additional piece of fabric in half horizontally (hamburger style!), pin it to the neckline on the front of the dress, and sew it. Repeat this step for the  neckline on the back of the dress. *I decided to do this for the back of my dress and NOT for the neckline on the front of my dress.

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9. Connect and pin the armholes, then sew.

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10. Here’s how my dress came out:

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check out my neckline

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DIY Beyonce Charm Necklace

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Here’s how you can make Beyonce’s Charm Necklace (from her XO) video for yourself:

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1.  Tape down your two chains, the thick one (22 inches) and the medium size one (14 inches), to a work surface.  Let’s call the thick chain, “Chain A”,  the medium size chain, “Chain B”, and the thinner chain that’ll be used to connect the charms, “Chain C”.  Chain B should be centered underneath Chain A. For example:

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2. Use the jump rings to connect the two chains.  For jump ring placement follow the pattern below. This is very important, otherwise your chain will not lay flat around your neck.

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3. Put the linked chains around your neck and determine where the center of your chain is. Place a jump ring on the link (on Chain B) that marks the center of the necklace. Cut off 3 inches of the Chain C, and attach a jump ring to one end of Chain C, and attach your biggest charm piece to the other end of the chain C.

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4. Add the other charms to the necklace by arranging your charms in the pattern shown in the picture below. For each charm, estimate  how much of Chain C you’ll need. Or,  if you’d prefer, measure the distance between  Chain B’s link and where you want the charm to be.  Then, cut Chain C based on your measurement needs, place a jump ring on one end of cut Chain C, and place your charm on the other end of Chain C.  Connect the jump ring on Chain C to a link on Chain B.

 

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Repeat this high-low-high pattern on the left side of the middle charm

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5. Continue adding the remaining smaller charms to the remaining links on Chain B. I used 18 charms on each side of the big middle charm.  So, 37 charms in total (including the center piece charm).

6. Place a jump ring on one end of Chain A, and a jump ring connect to a lobster clasp on the other end of Chain A, and you’re done.

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Here’s what my charm necklace looks like:

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For more information about how to style this statement necklace check out Kela’s Kloset article (particularly number  11).