DIY Doily Dress

Learn how I made a DIY doily dress out of thrifted fabric and doilies from my late grandmother. Get the tips and tricks to sew your own!

I’ll be completely honest; this is not a new make. I finished this Doily Dress a decade ago for one of my wedding anniversaries.

I loved this dress when I first made it, and wore it here and there. Over time I realized there were a couple of things that irritated me so I went back and fixed them.

1. Doily Dress Dress Sewing Pattern

I used the dress sewing pattern Butterick 5605. I skipped the belt and the bow and altered the back neckline slightly.

I think I made a size 12 and added length to the bodice for my long torso. The reason I chose this pattern is that I loved the classic 1950’s silhouette, and I thought applying all those lace doilies would be easier on dolman style sleeves.

My favorite part of this doily dress is the open scoop neckline in the back. I had a perfect lace piece made for a neckline that I applied on the back. The zipper runs through it, but I think it is just stunning.

I used doilies and lace that I was gifted. It makes this dress extra special since it always reminds me of my grandmother. She was very proper and always poised.


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