DIY: Embellishment and baroque dress

4th October 2012

DIY baroque dress Grazia 1

Behold my Dolce & Gabbana AW12 inspired DIY dress featured in last month’s Grazia magazine (17th September issue), I was commissioned by Grazia just after my sister’s wedding to create a DIY piece inspired by Autumn Winter 2012-13 catwalk trend, quite tempted to pick one of Balmain’s magnificent embellished pearl pieces but that’s a step challenge too far, which requires strict patience for align beading work.
Dolce and Gabbana AW12 style.comPhotos via

The Dolce & Gabbana AW12-13 collection has been one of my favourites this season, utterly in awe of their old Sicillian-baroque heritage style and intricate gilded-embellishments, I chose Look 3 for its simple silhouette and basic clustered bead work.  Don’t fret, the DIY may look stupendous but this is my preferred method of quality sewing technique, all you will need is a black basic shift dress (preferably from Uniqlo), lace trimmings and old broken bits and parts of high street jewellery and buttons.  Staples and adhesive are banned for this procedure.

DIY Baroque dress Grazia 2

You will need: A black shift dress, some old broken bits of gold/pearl/bronze coloured jewellery, some gold buttons, 2 metre of black guipure lace in any style, 2 metre of off-white cotton-lace trim (preferably a curtain trimming), a pair of scissors, some tailor pins, a black cotton thread and a sewing needle.

DIY baroque dress Grazia 3

1. Take a black guipure lace, pleat or gather, and pin into place on the neckline of the dress.  Hand stitch the lace along the edge of the neck.

2. With the leftover guipure lace, cut into 4 pieces, take 2 pieces with 2 edges overlapping each other to form a single lace patch, pin into place and handstitch the patch onto the hip of the dress.

DIY baroque dress Grazia 4

3. Don’t forget the hem!  Align the white cotton-lace trim behind the hem-line circumference of the dress (gathering or pleating will look sweet), you could start at the side seam if you prefer, and hand stitch the trim along the invisible hem-line.

DIY baroque dress Grazia 5

4. Hand-bead the broken bits of jewellery and buttons onto the guipure lace, scatter and sew into clusters, it’s best to work with various sizings of the beads, buttons to accumulate some areas.

DIY baroque dress Grazia 6

And here’s the result!  Sadly, before my work got published I had to disassemble the lace and beadwork because I wanted to wear the dress on a regular basis, it’d be a shame to leave the creation gathering dust, thankfully the materials are saved reusable for future DIY projects.

I have a number of DIY projects coming up, if you have any materials to donate please feel free to get in touch.


Thanks to both Shini and Jen for the outfit shots.

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Toni Tran 4th October 2012 at 00:21

    Wow stunning! You make the best DIY’s!

  • Reply Dancome 4th October 2012 at 00:44

    Surreal, your DIY looks amazing! A true talent you are.

  • Reply Cool Milk 4th October 2012 at 00:46

    超, 精彩!

  • Reply Mao Mao 4th October 2012 at 00:48

    You have serious talent here, I enjoyed following your diy posts, good work, please do more.

  • Reply Wendy Lim 4th October 2012 at 00:49


  • Reply Kate {Modette} 4th October 2012 at 01:41

    This is stunning! You are so talented! I love the baroque trend, so v. good to be able to recreate it! xx

    Kate {Modette}

  • Reply Kate 4th October 2012 at 03:14

    It’s so beautiful! Don’t take it apart, just buy another! 🙂


  • Reply Angie 4th October 2012 at 06:08

    you really sassed up that dress! i am crazy about baroque currently .. always played that era’s music but never though about the fashion until i knew there was a word for it!

    pandaphilia fashion

  • Reply Charlie 4th October 2012 at 07:29

    I can’t believe you took all the beads off again!

  • Reply Veva 4th October 2012 at 07:50

    Great Diy!


  • Reply Yasmin 4th October 2012 at 11:34

    How do you have the patience to sew all the beads? Must have taken you forever to get it into perfection. The dress looks lovely.

  • Reply Gail English 4th October 2012 at 11:42

    Congrats, may I have your brain please.

  • Reply Hilary 4th October 2012 at 11:43

    I read your feature, amazing work.

  • Reply Goldie 4th October 2012 at 11:55

    This is great!
    Really inspirational and a really great indoor activity now it’s rainy! Thanks x
    Check out our blog

  • Reply Elizabeth Lau 4th October 2012 at 12:00

    This is my favourite DIY post of yours Kit!
    …& I have tons of trimmings, beads and fabrics which I’ll save for you!
    E x

    • Reply Kit Lee 4th October 2012 at 12:13

      @Elizabeth Lau – This is my favourite DIY project, I think this will be my second favourite as the next one is going to be awesome (and costly too).

  • Reply Sally Crangle 4th October 2012 at 15:27

    The dress is beautiful!!! And seems like not as much effort for the amount of effort that looks like has gone into it>!>! If that makes sense?!? J’adore xxxxx

  • Reply Zaigucis 4th October 2012 at 17:06

    This is so cool, well done for being featured.

  • Reply Michelle Lee 4th October 2012 at 17:11

    wow amazing!

  • Reply Théa Unknown 4th October 2012 at 18:21

    Great result!

    Théa Unknown

  • Reply winnie 4th October 2012 at 19:11

    Oh Kit, this is unbelievable! I can almost imagine just your sore thumbs and fingers after all that sewing, especially since it looks pretty much symmetrical. I don’t have a copy of the mag – but was just wondering you wrote the accompanying text too?

    • Reply Kit Lee 4th October 2012 at 19:16

      @Winnie – I got addicted to intricate detailing tis why I love doing this sort of DIY project. The accompany text was written by Hannah a fashion editor at Grazia, I wrote the step by step.

  • Reply Candy Candy 4th October 2012 at 22:41

    Your DIYs are the best.

  • Reply Yuna 4th October 2012 at 22:46

    Wow, your diy dress is to die for, love the subtleness of the beadwork.

  • Reply Daniel Kang 4th October 2012 at 22:47


  • Reply Fashion Hot 4th October 2012 at 23:53

    Your DIY skills are inspirational and influential, definitely one of the best (and detailed) DIY bloggers out there.

  • Reply Apple Choi 4th October 2012 at 23:58

    I love those gold flower motifs, where are they from?

    • Reply Kit Lee 5th October 2012 at 15:16

      @Apple Choi – It was from a necklace bought from Primark (I know) 2 years ago, I find their jewellery pretty useful for DIY projects, and it’s cheap too.

  • Reply The Provoker 5th October 2012 at 01:22

    Kit this is amazing! WOW! I love your sewing DIY, it’s more of a project that DIY even though technically it’s the ‘same’. Really nice work and the embroidery looks expensive, very chic and I never say no to Baroque!

    xx The Provoker

  • Reply Rainmermaid 5th October 2012 at 02:00

    Beautiful dress, what a skill you have here.

  • Reply Ingrida van der Hagen 5th October 2012 at 02:03

    Wow the beadwork are so intricate and beautiful, I believe in patience and hand crafted skill which create this beautiful work. I applaud you Kit.

  • Reply Florencia 5th October 2012 at 02:05

    Rattling nice design and style and good subject material , nothing else we need : D.

  • Reply Things I Love Friday - Girl Does Geek 6th October 2012 at 04:28

    […] Style Slicker – DIY Embellishment and Baroque Dress […]

  • Reply the style crusader 6th October 2012 at 14:15

    Kit! The dress came out so well! I can’t believe you sewed on all those tiny bits of embellishment. Wonderful job! xx

  • Reply Queen of Mayhem 8th October 2012 at 01:55

    Wow! Simply stunning!

  • Reply Bethany 8th October 2012 at 21:42

    Your DIY dress is awesome!

  • Reply Christine 9th October 2012 at 01:55

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Reply Jonelle 9th October 2012 at 10:34

    Amazing piece of work and dedication, you ROCK!

  • Reply Raquel 9th October 2012 at 14:53

    Amazing! The final result is so gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Baka Nal 23rd October 2012 at 22:52

    The black dress looks stunning with all the bead work. I am going to try this!

  • Reply Tania @ Percy Handmade 17th November 2012 at 08:10

    Love your style and this DIY project is fabulous!

  • Reply [HOW TO] 5 cheap ways to update your wardrobe for the festive party season | UK style and beauty blog for frugal fashionistas ¦ Sugar and Spice 28th November 2012 at 01:11

    […] If you’d like to add even more than simply a collar, why not embellish an entire dress – using this tutorial by Style Slicker. […]

  • Reply Things I Love Friday 30th November 2012 at 13:27

    […] Style Slicker – DIY Embellishment and Baroque Dress […]

  • Reply DIY: Baroque Belt 3rd January 2013 at 14:38

    […] check out my other Baroque related DIYs listed below: – Baroque and embellished dress inspired by Dolce & Gabbana AW12 with Grazia (UK). – Collar flower. – Baroque and embellished lace […]

  • Reply Adding something special to your wardrobe! - Stitch N' Smile 25th June 2014 at 15:43

    […] and metal for a chic effect. Perfect for that little black dress you want to spice up! “Style-slicker“ has a great tutorial for […]

  • Reply Báró Júlia 24th April 2015 at 10:11

    Great ideas.

  • Reply 3 Unique DIY Projects To Turn A Wedding Dress From OK to OH MY! 14th August 2015 at 01:02

    […] DIY Embellished Dress by Style Slicker […]

  • Reply Zen 19th June 2016 at 16:37

    Super cool! Do you mind if I feature this- using 1 of your photos and link/ credit back to your blog- on my creative living blog? Thanks!

  • Reply 16 DIY Dazzling Embellished Clothes - Super & Fast Ideas - DIY and Crafts 20th July 2018 at 15:12

    […] Image: styleslicker […]

  • Reply Cool DIY Fashion Makeovers 26th January 2019 at 11:50

    […] Style Slicker […]

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.