DIY Leather, crepe and viscose shift dress

DIY Leather, crepe and viscose shift dress
I am more excited than most with the change in temps.  It’s starting to get chilly out which means lots of leather and wool.  I normally visit my local leather factory but with Mood selling leather online and me being in my last weeks of pregnancy, this has been a lifesaver.

This dress was made using this uber soft lambskin leather from, this Italian black suiting, and this cotton viscose mesh by Theory purchased earlier this year which appears to be out of stock but can be found by Mood when using Item #302918.

The pattern used for this dress was this Butterick B5948 shirt pattern view D also seen here. The following alterations were made for this dress:

-Added 6″ to the length of the pattern
-Added a 2″ viscose band to the hem
-Added a V-neck viscose insert
-Added a 9″ zipper to the neck back
-Added a 1″ neck binding
-Added 1″ to the height of the neck
-Added 3″ to sleeve of view C

Dress- DIY
Heels- Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch- Fendi

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  1. Anonymous
    September 25, 2014 / 5:53 am

    Your outfit is so cute. I can't believe you are in the last week of pregancy. You look fantastic!

  2. September 25, 2014 / 10:10 am

    Wow! You are looking awesome in this fierce dress!

  3. September 25, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    I'm so impressed how fabulous you look while being pregnant!

  4. September 25, 2014 / 2:14 pm

    I always wonder how a fabric that's heavier than the main fashion fabric (in this case leather) will hang on a garment. Here it seems to work!

  5. September 26, 2014 / 12:08 am

    You look fabulous for being in your last week of pregnancy! Kudos to you!

  6. September 26, 2014 / 5:54 pm

    I don't know where you find the time or the inspiration to make these wonderful things but I'm glad that you do and I enjoy your blog!

    I am wishing you all the best from the U.K for the birth of your baby,


  7. October 1, 2014 / 8:50 am

    Good job Nikki!

    I sincerely admire how you are able to modify patterns to suit your own style perfectly.

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