Happy Holidays! Are you ready to learn how to make a statement necklace dress?
I love this time of year, good food, fun parties, and quality time with the family really makes this season extra special. I love to plan out what Ava will wear to all the events we go to throughout the season. Since there’s usually more than one special outfit needed for the various holiday parties and church we attend, I thought it be fun to share with you all a simple way to embellish a dress or blouse to give it some extra pizazz.
It’s funny how ideas for creative projects develop. I originally had a completely different idea for how I was going to embellish this dress. My original plan was to add various rhinestones and beads in clusters to the dress. I’m sure you’ve seen dresses or blouses like this in stores, they’re pretty popular. I found a few packs of beads and crystals and hoped for the best. On my way out of the bead aisle I came across some gorgeous faux titanium Quartz beads.
I loved how iridescent they were. I thought to myself I could use them for some sort of future project. They were too good to pass up.
Once I got home and started laying out the design of rhinestones and beads, I just wasn’t completely satisfied with it. You know that feeling when it’s just not exactly what you were hoping it’d look like? For some strange reason I grabbed the strand of Quartz beads and laid it up against the dress and BAM! a completely new idea struck! It looked like a statement necklace!
I used the Blake dress pattern by Mingo and Grace to make Ava’s dress but you could do this to any plain dress or blouse, it’ll work for adults and kids alike. Let me just take a second to talk about how amazing this dress pattern is. It has an invisible zipper, box pleats, AND inseam pockets. What isn’t there to love? I highly recommend it! The neoprene fabric I used is from Joann’s but is unfortunately sold out. Don’t worry though because I found a similar version here. I love neoprene fabric, it has a very luxurious weight and texture. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the fabric used in wetsuits. And if you’ve been following along with the projects I’ve been sharing with you guys here on craftychica.com, you’ll remember I used neoprene to make Ava a bathing suit this past summer. You can read that post here.
All you’re going to need for this project is a dress or blouse, some beads, thread that matches the color of your garment and a hand sewing needle. If you don’t want to sew a dress, just use a store bought one. This is a great way to take a plain dress and transform it into a holiday fashion statement! You can use the same technique for any blouse!
To start off, I figured out the order in which I wanted to sew the beads on. Then I threaded my needle and put a knot in the end.
You’re going to want to start from the middle and sew your first bead on. Then alternate putting a bead on each side, this way you know your beads will be balanced and even.
I used the top stitching on the neckline as a guide for where the top of the bead should hit. I knotted each bead to make sure they’d be secure and withstand the test of time.
Once you’ve sewn and secured all your beads, you’re done!
There you have it a quick and easy statement necklace sewn right on to your dress. It makes dressing and accessorizing that much easier!
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe and happy new year! I’ll see you all next year!
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Love & light,