Frugal-nomics DIY: Neoprene One-Shoulder Dress

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There’s this one dress I got from American Eagle 4 or 5 years ago, and while I love its simple construction, I wanted one that was a little longer. So, with some gorgeous neoprene Theory fabric I found, I got to work making one that was the perfect length. I tried my hand at creating my own pattern (Size XS) for the first time — it took a bit of figuring out, but I hope you enjoy.  Want to know how to make the studded clutch I have here too? Check it out here.

Supplies: Stretchy Neoprene fabric, pattern (which you can get, here), some straight pins, a pair of scissors, and a sewing machine.

1. First, print out the pattern found here, cut it out, lay it on top of your doubled up fabric, and then pin it into place.
2. Next, cut out your two forms and pin up the sides.
3. Go ahead and sew up the sides.
4. Now, there’s a little notch cut out under the arm, pinch that together, and pin it.
5. Also pin together the shoulder (the side nearest my pin dispenser with the 3 pins in it).
6. Then, go ahead and sew the shoulder together. 

7. Now, fold your arm hole back about an 1.5 inches at the shoulder. I also began folding back the portion your body will fit through…go ahead and stick a pin it to hold your spot.
8. Next, go ahead and put a few stitches in the arm hole to keep it folded back.
9. Okay…this parts a little tricky, but I tried to pull it back to show you that there were two layers.  Here, you fold the body hole back once, and then double it up on itself once more, and pin it.
10. Lastly, I just stitched the length of the pins right at the shoulder (ultimately 1.5 inches on either side of the shoulder seam).



  1. Bridals Brand

    September 13, 2017 at

    Haaww ! You are so sweet.

  2. giveawaypost

    December 16, 2015 at

    nice dress

  3. Carlos

    December 9, 2014 at

    Hi, what a beautiful neoprene dress! I would like to try to make one myself…how thick is the fabric, and is it possible to share your neoprene fabric source? Best regards Carlos

    • frugal-nomics

      February 9, 2015 at

      Hey Carlos, it isn’t too thick….still breathable for a spring day. I got my fabric from Mood Fabrics

  4. Olga

    June 17, 2014 at

    Wow, great job! Don’t think I could do it myself 🙂 but you look amazing! You picked very beautiful color!

    • frugal-nomics

      June 17, 2014 at

      Aww you’re so sweet….thanks so much!

    • frugal-nomics

      July 7, 2014 at

      You totally could Olga….thanks!

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