DIY camel coat and red dress

One of the number one sewing questions I get from beginners is What pattern do you recommend? My number one answer is always Vogue 8840 view A, it’s a pattern with only two pieces and insanely simple but yet very versatile and because I’m a fan of clean lines, this is right up my alley. This was one of the first patterns I ever purchased and have made everything from dresses to sweaters, crop tops and now coats.This dress was made using this heavy weight ponte from
This jacket was made using a camel angora wool by Theory from with product number #304878

The pattern used for the dress was Butterick B6094 with the following alterations:

-Did not use a contrasting facing for the bodice
-Removed the back flaps and button option on the bodice and replaced with a 24″ zipper down the back.
-Added a 2″ hem band

The pattern used for the jacket is Vogue 8840 shirt pattern with the following alterations:

-Added 10″ to the length
-Added 8″ to the length of the sleeves
-Cut the front neck and a 3″ gradual angle and front faced the edges
-Top stitch the back seam


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    • November 13, 2014 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you

  1. November 13, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    Nikki!!! Stunning as always. May we use a photo of you in the dress for our Butterick social media? Thanks!

    • November 13, 2014 / 5:52 pm

      Thank you Meg, sure go right ahead.

  2. November 13, 2014 / 4:46 pm

    Gorgeous! You should be a fashion editor!

    • November 13, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you

  3. November 13, 2014 / 4:51 pm

    SMH, just beautiful!

    • November 13, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you Jennifer

  4. November 13, 2014 / 5:34 pm

    LOVELY … I love the camel coat 🙂

    • November 13, 2014 / 5:53 pm

      Thank you

  5. November 13, 2014 / 8:56 pm

    You know what, I think the reason I'm not finding the time to finish my sewing projects is that I'm spending too much time getting inspiration from you!!!
    Love the dress, tell me, did you line it?
    Red and camel look lovely together, great styling.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:01 am

      lol thank you, I didn't line it becuase it's a ponte like fabric that's pretty thick and really didn't need it.

  6. November 14, 2014 / 12:10 am

    Nikki, I absolutely love your style. You are always so chic and impeccable… it!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:01 am

      Thank you Franchesca

  7. November 14, 2014 / 1:34 am

    Thank you so much Nikki. I have been waiting to see the details since you first posted on instagram. This elegant outfit is absolutely stunning. The lines of the dress are just beautiful and I prefer your version to the $2500 Victoria Beckham dress! You truly are superwoman. You have a newborn and still manage to sew stunning outfits. Now I have no excuse!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:04 am

      wow thank you so much! I've learned very quickly how to maximize my sewing time lol

  8. November 14, 2014 / 6:21 am

    A well designed outfit. Fabulous!

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:06 am

      Thank you Kelly

  9. November 14, 2014 / 7:47 am

    Really chic combination. Red and tan are fab together.

    • November 14, 2014 / 11:06 am

      Thank you

  10. November 14, 2014 / 4:57 pm

    This is amazing! I love ALL of your designs. Will you be making clothes for your new baby girl as well?

    • November 15, 2014 / 1:47 pm

      Thank you, when she gets older I plan to.

  11. November 14, 2014 / 6:19 pm

    I absolutely, positively LOVE your style of dress and creative genius as it pertains to fitness and fashion. I too am 5'10 and and often find it challenging to find clothing that fits perfectly as well as compliments my tall, skinny figure. I have a vision for my life even as it pertains to my style of dress and the image that I'd like to exude. Because of YOU, yes YOU AND answered prayer, I have been inspired to now have at least 50% of my wardrobe made! I am so excited! I do NOT sew but I am determined to find a seamstress who is as skilled as you are. You Nikky are simply amazing! Me finding your blog was an answered prayer…it really was. I've always known from an early age how I wanted to dress as an adult. Your blog and fashion creations epitomize how I see myself and style of dress that I prefer and desire. I just want to say to you Nikki, Thank you for being such a blessing to me!

  12. Anonymous
    November 14, 2014 / 9:25 pm

    I absolutely love this outfit! have you considered doing any video tutorials for us visual learners along with your sewing projects?

  13. November 16, 2014 / 8:30 pm

    OMG I love this outfit!!! It's amazing how you take the most mundane patterns and create such stylish pieces. I'm so happy found your blog!

  14. November 18, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    Such a gorgeous outfit!!! These patterns are now on my must-have list. Thanks for the inspiration

  15. November 21, 2014 / 2:38 am

    Beautiful, I love both the coat and dress! I'm amazed you made the coat from that pattern,I think I have it in my pattern stash. I definitely want to use it for a similar coat.

  16. Anonymous
    August 23, 2015 / 12:51 am

    Just so tasteful. Wish I could get some of your designs, though I live miles away…

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