Knit and Cluny Lace Dress Tutorial

by Destri on June 15, 2013

Knit and Lace Dress Tutorial

Hey friends!  I have a new dress tutorial for you today, as part of a the 30 Days Of Sundress Series hosted by the fabulous Melly Sews.  Melissa rounds up 30 sewing enthusiasts to create a dress tutorial for the entire month of June, and I was lucky enough to be a part of it.  I’ve wanted to tackle a crochet yoke style dress for awhile now and when I ran across some Cluny Lace at Joann Fabrics I new I had to give it a go for this series.  So glad I did!  I think this might be one of my most favorite creations.  And really so simple.


Before you run off to see all the other great dresses created, catch me after the jump to learn how easy it is to make this Knit and Cluny Lace Dress, plus links to all the other dress tutorials!

Knit and Cluny Lace Dress Tutorial

Knit Dress with lace yoke tutorial

Isn’t it fun?  It just screams Summer to me :).  The best part is that it comes together quickly – I love knit for that. I made this dress in a size 4-6 but it could easily be made in any size.  Just follow the technique and adjust from the measurements I provide. Let’s get started!

Fabric and Trim

Fabric and Trim Requirements:

  • 1 ¼ yard of knit fabric – I used a 4 way stretch polyester blend that had a great drape to it
  • Cluny lace in three sizes – I bought all mine at Joann Fabric in the ribbon and trim section

Lace size

  • 1 yard of 3 1/2 inch
  • 1 yard of 1 inch
  • 1 yard of 1/2 inch


  • all your sewing stuff
  • stitch witchery (optional)

Fabric Cuts:

  • two 18½ x 21 inch panels cut from fabric (18½ is the length, and you could adjust that to make longer or shorter, it would look awesome as a maxi!)
  • two 9 inch panels from the largest lace
  • two 10 inch pieces from the 1 inch lace – set aside remainder for arm straps
  • two 8½ inch pieces from the 1/2 inch lace
  • four 3 inch pieces from the 1/2 inch lace

Cluney Step 1

Okay, first layer the two fabric panels lining the edges up.  Position a 21 inch side at the top and cut off the corners at an angle as shown on each side.  Measure 1½ inches from the side, and 2 inches down from the top, make a line and cut.  This is for the armholes.

Cluny Step 2

Now take one of the 3 inch lace strips and place it with the decorative edge in on one of the corners on the right side of the fabric, then sew in place just along the edge.

Cluny Step 3

Turn it under and press.

Cluny Step 4

Then again sew just along the edge to hold in place.  Repeat on the remaining three armholes.

Cluny Step 5

Now take one of the panels and sew a gathering stitch across the top and gather to match the length of the 8½ inch strip of lace. Pin in place by pinning at the sides then middle working the to sides so you can adjust the gathers if needed.

Cluny Step 6

Sew the gathered top to the lace strip.  Repeat on the other panel.

Cluny Step 7

Now with the right sides together sew the sides with a 1/4 inch seam allowance, using a slightly longer stitch length or a stretch stitch on your machine – or serge.

You can hem the bottom at this point, I chose not to where the knit doesn’t fray.   Just fold under 3/4 of an inch and sew around the bottom – no need to do a double fold.

Cluny Step 10

Take the large lace that will make up the yoke, fold over each end a 1/4 inch and iron in place with the stitch witchery.  You might have to press a little longer than directed, just wait until the webbing has melted. Repeat on other piece.

Now you can sew this step too, I just like how the stitch witchery holds the ends of the lace together like glue.

Cluny Step 9

Your ends will look like this – nice and clean :).

Cluny Step 11

Now take a dress panel and center it on top of the lace piece both facing right side up, over lapping about an inch – making sure that where you sew will grab a good amount of lace.  Sew in place.

Cluny Step 12

Now take the 10 inch strip of 1 inch lace and and sew in place just above the 1/2 inch lace sewing on the large yoke piece.  Then sew a second row right on top where they all three are layered.  You can see in the image where I sewed by the black dashes – just stay about 1 1/2 inches from each side.  Repeat on the other panel.

Cluny Step 13

Fold the ends of the 1 inch lace over the sides of the arm holes, making sure to get the lace from the arm holes turned under a bit.  Sew in place along the bend of the arm hole just on the edge.  Repeat on the other three.

Cluny Step 14

This is how it should look now – almost finished!

Cluny Step 15

For the straps, I tried the dress on my little girl to measure how long I wanted.   I determined 6 inches to be good.  To attach, I just overlapped one inch on each side and sewed three rows across each end. That’s it!

Cluny Lace and Knit Dress Tutorial

Then I made a ginormous flower (I swear it looks bigger in the pictures :)) to match, put the dress on and she declared it was the “comfiest dress ever”.  Which is good – a girls gotta be comfortable.

Diy Flower Clip

You will find the tutorial for the Ruffle Flower here.  It’s my go-to hair accessory because it’s so simple to make!

Lace and knit dress tutorial

They’re perfect for clipping on hats too.

Knit and Cluny Lace Dress Tutorial

I hope you try this out, it really was so simple!  I think it would be super simple to make in an adult size too. Let me know if you give it a go.

Questions?  Just leave them in the comments and I would be happy to answer them there :)

Now you ready for some more?  Just click on over to this post for all the tutorials!  There are some fabulous dresses for women too – I have my eye on a couple of the maxi dresses.  Also, the rest of the month will be filled with more giveaways and tutorials so be sure to follow along.  Here is a list of all the bloggers participating:

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Thanks for reading, and a big thank you to Melissa for including me!


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