DIY Fashion


Hey guys,

So, the new year is finally here and I, like many people, have set a few resolutions (smiley face), one of them being to bring you guys more content and give the people what they want. So that being said, I wish you guys a happy new year. I hope you stayed excited and look forward to everything I have to share.

Today, I will show you how to make this African print off shoulder dress, the off shoulder trend has been in for a while now and I don’t see it going anywhere any time soon. Late last year (December 2018) I made one for myself and when my sister saw it on me she wanted one. I decided I was going to do it and show you guys how to make it too.

So, here is what you’re going to need for this project:

  • Fabric ( I am using 2 meters of African print Wax 100% cotton, non stretch fabric)
  • Elastic band ( Mine is 1″ wide)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Measuring Tape
  • Scissors
  • Matching Thread
  • Pins
  • marking tool ( Chalk)
  • Yard Stick or Long ruler and hip rule


Place your fabric on fold twice, this will make both the front and back of your dress at the same time when you make your pattern. Use this method when making your sleeve pattern as well. Your folded fabric should look like so.


The last time I made this dress for myself, I found it easier to draft a full basic bodice dress pattern on my fabric. I then cut off 3″ from the shoulder line going down. This is a longer way of doing it but the end result is worth it, the dress fits perfectly. It should look like this

Your sleeve pattern should look like this. I used 15″ by ”

So basically what you need is a pattern that looks like the one on the bottom picture. you will need your bust, waist, hip, desired length of dress, desired length of sleeve and armhole measurement. Follow draft below;


If you’re going to follow the pattern above, you’re set. If you’re going to go my route cut off 2.5″-3″ from the shoulder line going down. Now go ahead and take your sleeve pieces and place them under your bodice piece, then cut off the armhole. It should look like so;

After you’ve cut out all your pieces, what you should look like the picture below ( Note: I initially planned to add pockets to this dress but my sister wanted it a little more fitted, so decided I against it. Please ignore all pockets you see. lol)

Ignore pocket pattern


Okay now, place the pattern right sides facing each other and sew up the sides, excluding the armhole opening. Right sides facing, sew up the open sides of the sleeves as well, again leaving the armhole opening out.


Now, flip the sleeve right sides out and slide it into the dress ( still inside out) and line up the armhole openings and sew around.


Along the shoulder, fold half inch in and another 2.5″ in to create the elastic casing (this should be big enough for elastic, so let your elastic be your guide) leaving a 1.5″ opening so that you will be able to slide in your elastic, to do this place a safety pin on the end of the elastic and slide it into the casing. Now sew a simple X to attach the elastic, Then close up the opening.

The top should look like this


Now, do the same with the cuffs. Next all you need to do is hem the bottom of the dress for a clean finish and you’re DONE!

Here is the final look.

My sister was really feeling herself in these pictures.LOL. I really hope you enjoy this tutorial and if you have any questions, leave them in the comment below. Till next time

Stay Beautiful. XO!

Too nice most of the time...Yvaine's mummy. Christ follower. In love with fashion and sewing. #ILovetosew

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