DIY Nautical Dress

I’ve been hanging on to this jersey fabric from Mood for quite a while and figured what would be better than a little summer frock.  Jersey dresses are insanely easy to fit, which makes these 2 hour dresses perfect for summer sewing.  I used the super easy McCalls M6355 pattern view D with the following alterations:

Opted for sleeveless
Included back darts for fitting
Added a hem ruffle- cut a piece of fabric 1.5 x the length of the circumference of the hem of the dress x 4.5″ wide.  Pin the ends of the cut fabric and sew together on the wrong side.  Pin the fabric to the seam of the dress on each side with one pin each which will leave excess fabric in the middle.  Begin to pleat the fabric as you work your way around the hem.  Double stitch the fabric to the hem.

Dress: Available here
Heels: Alexander Wang
Shades: Prada

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33 Comments

  1. June 4, 2013 / 4:34 am

    You look stunning, you sure did that fabric justice,i love the dress, now i wish i can sew, great inspiration.
    Shana-Style

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:30 pm

      Thank you Joy

  2. June 4, 2013 / 7:17 am

    great dress! do you use a curved ruler?

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you! I typically do but not for this dress, jersey is pretty easy to fit.

  3. June 4, 2013 / 10:31 am

    Simple, classic, modern & timeless. Awesome!

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you so much Alethia

  4. Anonymous
    June 4, 2013 / 10:42 am

    Love love love this dress, you look fantastic.

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you thank you thank you 🙂

  5. Tangie
    June 4, 2013 / 11:41 am

    Girl you have so inspired me to lose weight, and start to sew lol.

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      Awww thank you Tangie. Jersey is forgiving don't forget that 🙂

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:32 pm

      Thank you Roni

  6. Tiffany from Chicago
    June 4, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    I am in love with how you manipulate patterns to make it all your own. Such a talent.

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you Tiffany

  7. June 4, 2013 / 12:22 pm

    wow another amazing DIY! you always have the best ones! and so chic too

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:33 pm

      Thank you so much

  8. June 4, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    I bought six yards of black and white stripe jersey last year and I am going to make this dress. It's gorgeous!

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you! wow 6 yards you can make a whole collection lol

  9. June 4, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    I love this dress! I have this fabric pinned to My Mood Board. You look great… fabulous job!

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you Erica

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:34 pm

      Thank you Sing

  10. Anonymous
    June 4, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    love the dress,like how you made the pattern your own. what sewing machine do you use

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you, I use a brother, a vintage singer and a serger.

  11. kimmie J.
    June 4, 2013 / 9:19 pm

    I love everything about this dress.

    • June 5, 2013 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you Kimmie

  12. June 5, 2013 / 6:54 pm

    LOVE this!!! Now I want to make one! LOL

  13. June 7, 2013 / 11:59 am

    ok, i don't sew but need this dress. please help with me sizing. i am typically a 6, sometimes a 4. should i take a small or medium in this? thanks.

  14. January 17, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    Nice hemline

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