DIY Wool & Leather Drop Waist Dress

DIY Wool & Leather Drop Waist Dress

Good Monday morning!!!A drop waist dress is on the top of my list in terms of silhouette, It works well in many lengths and is insanely easy and comfortable to wear.  This dress was made with this beautiful bright red wool from Mood using my new favorite “simple”pattern Butterick B5948  view D  also seen here.

I receive a lot of questions about my pattern selection process and how I turn a simple pattern into this  this and this.

I am drawn to the most plain and simple patterns available.  When I’m looking at the pattern I completely ignore what it was designed for and instead visualize the potential.  Most garments I’m drawn to start with a basic shape and the design aspects are incorporated into that basic shape which makes those simple patterns perfect for me.

I start with a rough sketch of a design, then flip through my patterns to determine which pattern can be molded into my vision.  Using this process generally result in many design alterations as I go which makes this process a true labor of love.

The pattern alterations made for this drop waist dress were as follows:

Added 13″ to the bottom of the front and back piece
Added a 2″ leather band around the bottom hem
Added a 7″ wide pleated band around the hem.  (cut 2 pieces of fabric 65″x7″ sew the two pieces together, bast the top edge of the two pieces and add in pleats around the bottom of the dress)
Added a 2″ leather band around the wrist
Added a 22″ metal zipper down the back




Dress: DIY
Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch- Fendi



  1. Anonymous
    October 14, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    I love a drop waist and this is gorg.

  2. carrie diaries
    October 14, 2013 / 1:17 pm

    Beautiful as usual

  3. October 14, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    Gorge! Did you teach yourself how to sew?

  4. October 14, 2013 / 6:25 pm

    I like drop waist styles too! And this gorgeous! Love the leather detail!

  5. October 15, 2013 / 3:00 am

    The leather accents make this basic dress sing! Love, love, love this!

  6. Tina Marie
    October 15, 2013 / 5:24 am

    Just found your blog today and I LOVE your style! you are so freakin pretty.

  7. October 17, 2013 / 3:28 pm

    I am so impressed with you "garment production" especially since you make so many design alterations. It takes me forever to make one garment and all I really work on is the fit. All your pieces are so polished and tailored, I'm truly impressed…

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