DIY Midi Dress

DIY Midi Dress
Cobalt is the new black, at least that’s the word on my street.  I simply can’t get enough of this amazing color one because I simply love it, but the truth is I purchased three variations of the color in so many yards I have no choice but to go cobalt crazy.

One of the many benefits of being tall is the ability to pull off a dress that hits you at the calf.  There’s something both demure and sexy about a dress this length.  Made with McCall’s M6355 view D with the following alterations:

-Added a 1″ curved neck
-Added 5″ to the length
-Added a 5″ ruffle to the hem
-Added three pleats to the shoulder which created an exaggeration

Clutch-Bottega Veneta
Heels- Jean Michel Cazabat
Shades- Ralph Lauren
Bangle-AV MAX



    • September 24, 2013 / 12:38 pm

      Thank you

  1. September 20, 2013 / 7:01 am

    grading in the waist is my challenge

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:39 pm

      It's definitely a process. If I had a form exact to my body it would be a cake walk.

  2. September 20, 2013 / 7:13 am

    Wonderful dress, excellent fit! What kind of fabric did you use?

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you Marianne, I'm not sure of the exact fiber but it feels like a stretch ponte neoprene If that exsisted.

  3. September 20, 2013 / 8:00 am

    what fabric is this. love the colour

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you, It's a stretch ponte type fabric, not sure of actual contents.

  4. Anonymous
    September 20, 2013 / 11:38 am

    This is absolutely stunning and your body is sick.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:41 pm

      Thank you

  5. September 20, 2013 / 12:38 pm

    Love the blue! You are really getting a lot of use out of that single pattern.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you Inez, I know right I fall in love with a simple pattern and see crazy potential.

  6. Amanda Paris
    September 20, 2013 / 12:56 pm

    Beautiful pictures, I love EVERYTHING about this dress. I sooo am inspired to work out now.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:42 pm

      Thank you Amanda

  7. September 20, 2013 / 1:51 pm

    This dress is absolutely everything and I hope that you will sell this in your etsy shop. I was just looking in your shop the other day and was hoping you'd make a version of the ruffle body con dress with sleeves for the fall/winter season.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:43 pm

      Thank you Nicole

      I'm definitely going to add this dress

  8. September 20, 2013 / 3:00 pm

    Gorg. Can you make me one? lol Love the color you picked for this too, perfection.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:44 pm

      Thank you Sing,

      Just send over your measurements 🙂

  9. Anonymous
    September 20, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    Love, love it! I hope you offer this at your Esty shop.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:45 pm

      Thank you, yes I will be adding

  10. September 20, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    Goodness gracious, I don't know how you make everything look so fantastic. I recently found your blog, have been hooked on your projects ever since, and called you out as one of my current obsessions! Thanks for the fantastic content!

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:45 pm

      Aww thank you Leena, I truly appreciate it.

  11. September 20, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    I love how you've taken that pattern and just created your personal block! That color looks great on you. And did you incorporate the selvage as a design feature on the hem of the flounce? Girl, that's brilliant!

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you Erica.
      The selvage of this fabric was really interesting, it has these little black lines going through it which gives the raw edge a bit more personality.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:49 pm

      Thank you Meg

  12. September 20, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    This dress is beautiful but in addition to the great sewing work, it's your shape that compliments the dress so well. Can we get a post on your workout regimen please?

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:50 pm

      Thank you Adara,

      Here is my health and fitness post

  13. September 21, 2013 / 3:14 am

    As a silent stalker of this blog, I can answer the workout question: If you go to her "My Beauty" page, she has it all outlined there. I started a variation of Beaute J'Adore's workout this week, and I must say, it is thorough and efficient without being CrossFit-esque crazy. :D! Highly doable at any level fitness. I've already lost 3 lbs!! P.S. I've been inspired to pick up sewing again since I started following this blog. In the last few weeks, my collection of patterns has grown bordering on the edge of excessive. McCall's/Vogue pattern companies keep having these ridiculous sales (although shipping is a beast!!). I've had a sewing machine, stashes of fabric and notions for years now, I just was never satisfied with the results (or the time it took to complete projects). Seeing what you've done here has pushed me to try again. Keep posting!!!

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:57 pm

      Congrats on your weight loss!!!! don't you just feel better 🙂 thank you for expressing the ease of the workout. Buying patterns and fabric can definitely become an obsession that if not checked will get wayyy out of line. I agree the shipping is a little sick, considering we all know how much it cost to truly ship paper. I would say keep trying and as long as you have a strong desire, you will definitely see progress. FYI my first project years ago was a pair of pajamas with one arm 10 inches longer than the other and one leg I couldn't even get my foot into so trust me it's a work in progress 🙂

  14. September 21, 2013 / 4:30 pm

    Love this! The color is beautiful on you! You have a new follower!

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you Roz

  15. September 22, 2013 / 6:19 am

    This is beautiful! Everything you post is like WOW! You're such an inspiration to be in the sewing room more…oh and to eat healthier LOL.

    • September 24, 2013 / 12:57 pm

      Thank you Levone 🙂

  16. September 24, 2013 / 7:22 am

    beautiful dress! I love the cut, style and the color!

    • September 24, 2013 / 1:00 pm

      Thank you

  17. September 24, 2013 / 11:17 am

    Love the dress. Your hair looks great like that by the way.

    • September 24, 2013 / 1:04 pm

      Thank you Tracy, I'm trying the no relaxer thing for a while which unfortunately now requires me to comb my hair 🙁

  18. September 24, 2013 / 6:15 pm

    you are amazingly talented! this dress is beautiful and looks great on you. Good job once again! 🙂

  19. Anonymous
    September 25, 2013 / 9:10 am

    Nikki you are amazing and talented all-rounder love this dress . I cant sew, dont have the time wish I could but I will continue to envy you from afar if you let me…….

  20. Ashley O
    October 2, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    This dress is beautiful!!! Will it be for sale?

  21. November 25, 2014 / 6:17 pm

    the selvage hem brings the edgy. Nice! Gives the dress that extra joie de vive!!

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