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DIY Leather Straps Dress

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

Maxi Dress with Leather Straps
[Fashion tutorial]

Tank tops can be paired with almost anything in the closet and therefore belong in every well-balanced wardrobe. Same goes for tank dresses. They are sexy, comfortable and especially in summer are essential. But you know how it is with somer dresses. They are sometimes so damn cute and flowerish.
Following the latest harness trend I came up with a simple idea how to restyle your tank pieces by adding some edgy details. I went for natural leather because my (Review) dress already had a braided leather belt. Besides leather you can use what ever thick material you can find: felt, faux leather, PVC, latex. Yeah latex! 🙂 Imagine a cute flower dress with some heavy black latex harness. Here some cool ideas for you: Link.
So guys, I hope you like this cool fashion DIY that works nearly with every type of a tank top or spaghetti dress. Especially for those who don’t own a sewing machine this tutorial offers an ideal solution. This DIY was also featured in the latest issue of the German fashion magazine COUCH. 
How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
COUCH issue 6/14

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
On the wrong side of your material draw 2 long strap (ca. 60cm/23″) as wide as the inside width of the buckles.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Then cut 2 long strap and 2 smaller pieces as shown in the picture.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
If you’re using thick material I suggest you prepunch little holes for the stitching.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
The little piece should have 4 hole rows and 1 oval hole in the middle for the buckle thorn.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Now fold the little pieces around the buckle and the thorn. With the thick thread stitch through the layers under the buckle thorn.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Cut off the shoulder holders.
At the back of the dress attach the long straps to the cut-off ends. 

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
At the front of the dress place the cut-off ends between the ends of the buckle-strap and sew through all 3 layers.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Cut off the excess ends at an angle.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog www.fashionrolla.com
Punch several holes for the thorn and you’re done.

How to add leather straps with buckles to a summer maxi dress, Fashion tutorial created by Xenia Kuhn for fashion blog

Styling:
Maxi Dress: Review/DIY
Flower Crown: DIY
Photo by David
“Fashions fade, style is eternal.”
— Yves Saint-Laurent

Thanks for reading,
Xenia
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3 Comments

  • Reply
    Los Angeles Scene
    15. May 2014 at 9:10 PM

    Wonderful post! Very nice fashion tutorial on your blog!

    http://magazine.losangelesscene.com/

  • Reply
    Rosie, artworker.
    22. November 2015 at 10:52 AM

    Fantastic post, thank you! I'm making a similar dress (inspired by an Alexander McQueen one) right now! Nice to see it can be done…and that my great idea has, of course, been done before 😉

    • Reply
      NiaKunn
      22. November 2015 at 2:35 PM

      It's not even my idea. I've found it on Pinterest 🙂

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