DIY Little Black Dress

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Velvet Bodycon Little Black Dress (LBD) – Made By Me (DIY Tutorial)

In this DIY I show you how to make a super sexy velvet bodycon LBD (little black dress). This kind of dress is perfect for a girls’ night out during the cold Cape Town weather because the velvet would keep you warm and snug while slaying at the same time!

I thought I’d share what I’ve learned from working with a stretch velvet like this. When you place the velvet fabric right sides touching, you will notice that it has a jelly-like slippery feel to it and shifts around easily. This can be a bit of challenge for beginner sewists. My tip for sewing with a stretch velvet like this is to use as many pins as possible to prevent it from shifting as you feed the fabric layers through your sewing machine.

When working with stretch fabric, it is important to use a thread and a needle for stretch/knit fabrics – you want to be able to get into your bodycon dress without snapping any of the threads! If you don’t have an overlocker, you can easily use a zig zag stitch to close up the seams – this stitch comes standard with most sewing machines these days. I thought I’d demonstrate this DIY using a zig zag stitch instead of my overlocker. Since a standard sewing machine doesn’t come with a cutter, you can carefully cut the excess fabric after sewing the zig zag stitch in place.

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What I love most about DIY is that you get to customize your creation however you like. You can play around with different lengths, fabrics and colours. I’m keen to make another velvet dress in another colour with full-length sleeves and maybe even drop the skirt part to be midi length! The possibilities are truly endless.

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Scroll further to watch my video below where I show you how to make your very own velvet bodycon little black dress!

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Photo Credit: Ricardo Harvey



  • A top that fits you well to trace
  • Stretch Velvet fabric in a colour of your choice
  • Twin needle for stretch fabric
  • Co-ordinating thread for stretch/knit fabrics
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Pins or Clover Clips
  • Sewing machine or Overlocker


Use a top that fits you well to trace out your pattern and adjust the length of the dress and the sleeves as desired. Always remember to include a half inch seam allowance as well as a 1″ hem allowance for the bottom of the sleeves and the bottom of the dress. It’s better to cut it slightly bigger because you can always adjust it to fit you better later.

I’m a self-taught sewist and DIYer, so the techniques I show you in my video are things that work for me at the time the video has been recorded. It may not necessarily be the “industry” way, but it’s certainly an easy way, and I’m happy to share my learnings with you as I embark on this creative journey!

Raylene xoxo
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My name is Raylene Harvey. I'm a senior web user interface engineer from Cape Town, and the Scarlet Aura blog is my online space to express my creative side through design, indulging in DIY projects, and exploring my personal style.