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DIY Paillette Sequin Collar Dress

Take something old and make it new again as a fun upcycled craft project! Would you want to have a try?

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

You need:

  • A dress or top with a simple round neckline
  • 100 or so gold paillettes
  • A needle and thread

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

How to:

1. The first thing I did to make the dress more party worthy was to cut a few inches off the bottom of it because it was an odd middi length.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

2. I used my sewing machine to finish the hem.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

3. And then ironed it nice and flat. I also took it in a bit at the back by tightening the little belt tie that went around the back, and folded the sleeves under once and ironed them down. These small changes made the world of difference to the shape and overall look.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

4. Then I grabbed a handful of paillettes… So shiny! (eyes light up).

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

5. I then took some time out on the couch to then handsew the paillettes onto the dress. This might sound super tedious and some of you may want to opt for glue instead, but honestly it didn’t take much longer than an hour (in fact, one episode of homeland – the sewing gave me a great excuse to avert my eyes during the suspenseful bits!), and they have so much more movement and flow when they are sewn on.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

6. I left a small gap along the edge so they didn’t scratch my skin.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

7. I sewed them all the way around to the shoulder seams, and then repeated with layers underneath.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

8. Knot each sequin at the back as I have done here by threading the needle through a loop made by a stitch . This will ensure that if one comes off, they don’t all come off.

before and after party dress a pair and a spare

9.  In the end I did around 4 layers. I mainly tried to make sure the gaps between the sequins were filled and didn’t bother making it too tidy, straight or regimented.

before and after party dress

Et voila! I have to say the this is exactly what I needed to satisfy my holiday-party-dress cravings! Can’t wait to wear it this week (can kinda see myself spilling red wine on it already…).

before and after party dress a pair and a sparebefore and after party dress a pair and a spare