DIY Fringed Dress Tutorial

I love to answer, "I made it," when asked, "Where did you get that?" While shopping the other day, I picked up a few inexpensive tank top dresses with the intention of turning them into a D.I.Y. Project. The result is fun, unique and perfect for a night on the town.
And with that, I present to you, Living and Loving In L.A.'s first D.I.Y. Project! (And yes, that's me in the picture. Nice to meet you!)

D.I.Y. Fringed Dress
by Living and Loving In L.A.

2 Identical Tank Top Dresses
Pony Beads
Clear Ruler
Flower Pin (Optional)

Step 1:
Draw a horizontal line across the front of one of the dresses. Make sure the line is below the binding in both the front and the back of the top.
Step 2:
Turn one of the dresses inside out. Draw vertical lines 1" apart down the front, starting in the center, and working your way to the sides. Because the sides of the dress are shaped, you will end up cutting off the sides when you get to the edge where you can no longer draw a vertical line. You will throw these sides away. You will only need to use the perfectly vertical strips down the front and back.
Step 3:
Cut off the hem.
Step 4:
Pour yourself a glass of wine (Optional).
Step 5:
Pin inside the center of the 1" vertical lines. This will ensure that when you cut the strips, the front and back will be exactly the same. It will also prevent the dress from moving when you are cutting out the strips.
Step 6:
Cut your strips, and discard the sides of the dress. You can also use a rotary cutter if you have one. Some of the strips will start to roll, don't worry, this is normal.
Step 7:
Cut the tips of the strips at a diagonal, so that you can thread the pony beads on easily.
Step 8:
Remove the pins.
Step 9:
Put your beads on the strips in any pattern you choose. I chose White, Grey, Black, Grey, White.
Step 10:
Place the beaded shirt over the uncut shirt. Optional--Sew the two shirts together at the binding using either a sewing machine, or by hand sewing. I left mine apart so that I could wear them separate as well.
Step 11:
If using a decorative pin, affix the pin to the top where you want it.You're done! Enjoy your new top!


  1. Very cute idea! Saw your comment on Brunch at Saks! I also worked at Disney, but in Orlando. :)

    Have a good day!

  2. Oh I just love this-what a cute idea, and a very lovely tutorial :) I am definitely going to give this a go with one of my old tank tops that could use some revamping. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Ohhh, such a cool idea! I have to try it :)

    and thanks for the sweet comment you left on my guest blog post on English Muse...what do you do at work that requires you to use Polyvore? that must be really fun!


  4. I am loving this post and I am LOVING this blog!!!! Gotta say, your pics for the DIY are great - and the final result is amazing...


  5. OMG what a fun idea!!! Love the dress! I wish I was more crafty!!! My sister lives in LA..... Such a busy city.... and so much fun! :)

  6. Wow, that's so cool! I wish I could polyvore all day, that would be really fun, but I can see how it can get tiresome after a while...


  7. What a cool tutorial, and thanks for going into detail, it's def one of the most thorough tutorials I have seen to date. Again, thank you.


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