July 2, 2012

DIY Crochet Inset Dress

Hey friends! I hope you all had a great weekend. For the first time this summer, I'm upstate in the Adirondacks, my home away from home. In addition to hiking and relaxing, I've been crafting in the great outdoors. I was recently asked to come up with a DIY using this simple black maxi dress from ValRouge. (The dress is a whopping $8, perfect for experimenting with DIY!) They sent me a dress, and I immediately got to work, adding a some visual interest and built-in ventilation system for this hot summer weather with a crochet inset. Keep reading for the how-to!

Tools and Materials:
Maxi dress
Wide crochet trim (I used a yard)
Needle and thread in matching color
Straight pins

Try on the dress, and mark where you want the trim to go using the chalk.

Measure down from the armholes of the dress to your original mark (for me, it was 7 inches). Make sure each side matches in distance between mark and arm hole and draw a straight line across with the chalk.

Cut just below the line.

Fold the newly cut edge of the dress top under (along the chalk line) and iron in place. Begin pinning the trim in place. I highly recommend not cutting your trim until everything is sewed in place and you sure you have enough. I had a very close call but cutting first. 

Sew the trim to the dress top, and repeat the steps to attach the dress bottom portion. Be sure to line up the dress side seams on the top and bottom. Up close, it doesn't look perfect because I hand-sewed, but I'm very happy with the results!


  1. Love this DIY, but why not have the edge of the dress on the INSIDE of the crocheted lace?

    I think I might try this. I have so much of this lace already.

    Thanks for the post!


    1. It was a personal choice, I wanted to make an inset with the crochet lace instead of an applique or overlay. You could do it any way you wanted!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks so much Cassandra! xo

  3. Anonymous12:27 PM

    Beautiful! Great idea :)

  4. So so pretty! Sweet blog too!

  5. This is so creative! I love maxi dresses and that detailing is so unique!


  6. This is SO cool. And as for the above comment, I really like how you did it with the edges outside, gives it a cute little flair.

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  7. Cannot wait to make this. So in love.


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