DIY Mini Dress

I wanted to answer a question I get regularly which is…… How do I come up with the ideas to make the clothes I make and what inspires me?

When I sit down to make something,  I usually don’t have a clue what I’m going to make.  I’m not like most people who plan the look from the fabric to every little sewing detail weeks in advance.  When I’m in front of my machine, I open my fabric cabinets and randomly pick my fabric.  Once I have selected the fabric I think about what that particular fabric would look good in ie: pants, skirt, dress etc.  I then go to my inspiration boards to find something that peaks my interest.  Once I have something in mind, I do a quick sketch then search through my patterns for something similar that pattern alterations can see my vision through.  Then the fun begins!

This dress was made with a silk wool fabric from G Street fabrics which was purchased last year. The bodice used was  Butterick B5556 view A and the skirt was made by:
– Cutting two pieces of fabric 38″wide x 15″ long
– Sew the two pieces together
– Attach the skirt to the bodice by lining up the side seam and remaining zipper
– With the remaining fabric in the middle of the seams, pleat as you go around
– Add a 4″ band around the hem
-Add  2 1/2″ band around the sleeves

Dress:DIY
Jacket-Zara
Boots-Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch-Fendi
Belt-Rouland Mouret

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15 Comments

    • February 21, 2014 / 1:05 pm

      Thank you love

  1. February 10, 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Love this dress! Thanks for explaining what goes into your thought process when deciding what to make.

    • February 21, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you Levone

  2. February 10, 2014 / 8:55 pm

    Very pretty dress. Love the pleat details.

    • February 21, 2014 / 1:06 pm

      Thank you

    • February 21, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Awww thank you Justine, you are so sweet.

  3. February 13, 2014 / 7:29 pm

    Another beautiful dress! Your DIY projects are very inspiring.

    • February 21, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you very much, I really appreciate it.

  4. February 14, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Adorable look …. Swooning over those booties

    • February 21, 2014 / 1:07 pm

      Thank you miss Melissa

  5. April 12, 2014 / 6:54 pm

    Hi Nikki! I love all your pieces!! Any way you can post an actual video for those of us beginning our sewing journey?

    Thanks!

  6. April 16, 2014 / 5:31 am

    LOVE this little dress. Love it. Does it come in orange? Is it for sale?

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