DIY floral ponte dress

DIY floral ponte dress
The description of this fabric on states “this is a fabric you do not want to miss” and I would like to stand up and salute to that description because this fabric is on my top 10 list of all time favorites.  I knew from the moment I opened the package and felt all it’s awesomeness I would fall in love.  It’s beautifully soft with a great drape, sews with perfection and super easy to work with.  Lets not mention this is one of the most comfortable dresses I own.  The look reminds me of a neoprene but feels like  a silk jersey.  The muted floral design is simply icing on the top.The pattern used was the bodice to my beloved McCalls M5927 view E with the following  alterations:
-Added 1 1/2″ to the height of neck
-Using a curved ruler, added a cut out to the front sides.
-Added exaggerated sleeves by removing the bottom half of the sleeve and doubling the width the shoulder portion of the sleeve and pleating.  To add extra height to the shoulder, I added mini shoulder pads to the sleeves and added elastic at the hem.

The skirt of the dress was made using a self drafted pattern found here.  The bodice and skirt was attached with a 22″ invisible zipper down the back.

The coat was previously made here 

In the next few weeks, I will be posting a video tutorial on altering the McCalls M5927 pattern so stay tuned…………..







Coat DIY
Dress- DIY
Heels-Jean Michel Cazabat
Shades-Stella McCartney
Bracelet- YSL necklace worn as a bracelet

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  1. February 10, 2015 / 5:41 am

    Amazing per usual!

  2. February 10, 2015 / 5:53 am

    yaY! I can't wait for the tutorial. The cut outs with double top stitch yes. lol With my arms I think I'll be wearing that sleeve all summer.

  3. February 10, 2015 / 6:55 am

    Gorgeous coat and dress! I can't wait to see the tutorial!

  4. February 10, 2015 / 8:22 am

    Fantastic look as usual. I am really "excited" and looking forward to the video!!!

  5. February 10, 2015 / 1:22 pm

    Gorgeous!!!! I look forward to your tutorial.

  6. February 10, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Good Morning Nikki,
    I am so looking forward to the tutorial. I am more of a visual learner.

  7. February 10, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    I thought, "nice dress" at the pic with the coat on. Then when you showed those sleeves, I was WOWED! I looooove the sleeves. Textured knits are my fav, as well. I have some pique knits in my stash that I'm going to sew up for the spring. I'm glad to see you smiling more in your pics, too!

  8. February 10, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    The sleeves are amazeballs! Very flattering. The fabric is just too…! You definitely snatched back your figure quickly. You look great. Looking forward to the video on altering one of your TNT patterns. Your design sense is great. Is this a part of your day job too?

  9. February 10, 2015 / 6:06 pm

    Awesome & Beautiful as always

  10. February 10, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Looks like I need to go shopping. I've fallen in love with ponte and have been looking for interesting versions of it

  11. February 10, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Love the crazy eighties sleeve. Your showing all of us example of how to sew unique and creative!!!
    Thanks for the post!

  12. February 10, 2015 / 11:59 pm

    This dress is absolutely beautiful, and the fit it perfect!

  13. February 11, 2015 / 7:08 am

    i love it when i hit fabric-gold like this 🙂 great fabric and great dress!

  14. February 12, 2015 / 4:10 am

    I don't know how but you are forever slaying every single look you ever posted this is fab

  15. February 13, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    Another winner! Love the subtle floral detail! You have a great eye for style and fabric!

  16. February 19, 2015 / 3:09 am

    Love the fabric. Your design and sewing skills are way up!!

  17. LaToya
    March 2, 2015 / 5:04 pm

    THOSE SLEEVES!!!!!! *faint*
    I can't wait for the video tutorial!!!!!

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