DIY Neoprene Trumpet Dress

DIY Neoprene Trumpet Dress
The first thing that comes to mind when I think of neoprene is a fabric that hides every flaw with little effort and fabric manipulation.  So when I spotted this red neoprene at moodfabrics.com, I had to grab it.  I’ve been wanting to work with neoprene for sometime but have found fashion neoprene a very difficult fabric to get a hold of.  The bodice of this dress was made with McCalls M5927 which is a pattern I clearly seem to love for the moment as seen here here and here.  It’s one of those patterns I can alter and sew all in a few hours, so when I need something quick it’s definitely my go to.  The pattern alterations were as follows:Bodice
-Added 3″ to the front of the neck for a higher neck
-Cut a V in the back of the pattern at the neck for a low cut back
-Added bias tape to the arm holeSkirt
-measure from the bottom of the bodice to determine the length you want the skirt.  Measure your hips at the widest point and cut two pieces of fabric with those dimensions.  Fold the back piece of the fabric lengthwise and cut it in half.  Using a 5/8″ seam allowance sew the back pieces together baste stitching from the top down 9″ for the zipper then sew the side seams.  Matching the bodice side and back seams to the skirt side and back seams, pin together.  Working from both side seams, gradually decrease the waist so the skirt matches up to the bodice, this will require you to create new side seams.  Once the skirt and bodice matches up and the seams are matching, sew the skirt and bodice together making sure you baste across the zipper seam.  Attach a 19″zipper, try the dress on inside out.  To create your perfect fit, pin the skirt where needed and mark with chalk.  Remove the dress and make the appropriate fit adjustments then trim the excess seam allowance.Measure the circumference of the hem of the skirt and cut a piece of fabric 9″ wide x 2x’s the circumference.  Attach the trumpet by pleating as you go around.

 

 

 

 

 

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29 Comments

  1. February 3, 2014 / 5:21 am

    Red neoprene…..don't think I have ever seen that. Very nice! Creative as usual

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:08 pm

      Thank you

  2. February 3, 2014 / 11:28 am

    The fit is stunning! Enjoy following your sewing adventures! Thanks!!

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:08 pm

      Thank you so much!

  3. February 3, 2014 / 1:26 pm

    Great dress. I admire your freedom and creativity with patterns. I've noticed that your zippers lay flat and mine roll like hills no matter what I do. What kind of process do you have or zippers do you use?

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you! I use either an invisible zipper or just the regular zipper. I baste the zipper in place starting with the zipper open one side at a time. After it's basted, I sew the zipper in place around the edge of the zipper and then I sew it again very near the teeth. Be careful not to touch the teeth while your sewing, it could damage the zipper. This normally results in a straight zipper. I'm not a fan of stitching outside the garment on top of the zipper which is the standard way to do it, that way looks a bit home made unless you are working with a machine with a heavy presser foot. If you are working with a heavy zipper, you should line the zipper placement, which will also help with wavy zippers.

    • February 6, 2014 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you for the advice. I'm sorry about the double comment, I'm new to google.

  4. February 3, 2014 / 1:30 pm

    Great dress. I admire your freedom and creativity with patterns. I've noticed how flat your zippers are – what is your process? what kind of zippers do you use? Mine are bumpy and roll like hills no matter what I do.

  5. Anonymous
    February 3, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    Love love love everything you make, I can't believe you have been sewing less than two years so gorgeous!!!

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you so much

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:17 pm

      Thank you Justine

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you Sing

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you Roni

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:18 pm

      Thank you Alethia

  6. February 3, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    Love love love this! I've been wanting to make something with neoprene since I saw it on Project Runway

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Sherri

  7. February 3, 2014 / 9:10 pm

    I have been wanting to use neoprene since I saw it being used on Project runway….this dress is lovely I'm inspired

  8. February 4, 2014 / 1:28 am

    Gorgeous and

    • February 4, 2014 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you Jenny

  9. February 4, 2014 / 7:36 pm

    Fabulous dress! That fabric is incredible.

    • February 7, 2014 / 3:25 am

      Thank you Erica

    • February 7, 2014 / 3:25 am

      Thank you Melissa

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