DIY Little white neoprene dress

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I have to confess I’m happier than most to begin to see signs of spring.  Last year this time I was in the throws of morning sickness so I’m embracing every white, pink and pastel color this spring has to offer, starting with this white neoprene from moodfabrics.com.My original vision for this dress was a boxy mini dress, but once I got started, I loved the way the pleating and darts responded to the neoprene.  The pattern used for this dress was my loved Vogue V8840 shirt pattern which has gone through many transformations including these here here and here.

The pattern alterations are as follows:

-Added 2.5″ to the width
-Added 10″ to the length
-Added 4 darted pleats to the front and back of the dress
-Added a 9″ zipper to the back of the neck
-Added a 1″ rolled collar
-Hand stitched the hem

 

 

 

Using pins, create the pleats with the dress inside out to achieve the proper fit.  Once the fit is
correct, baste stitch.  Repeat this process for the back, which is more challenging unless someone
does it for you.

 

 

Clutch- DIY here
Booties- Calvin Klein Collection

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16 Comments

  1. March 25, 2015 / 2:25 pm

    This is gorgeous! I stumbled upon your site the other day and I am so happy I did. You are truly talented!
    All the best.

  2. Anonymous
    March 25, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    Thank you for your blog. It is very inspirational.

  3. March 25, 2015 / 3:17 pm

    Very cool!
    I like that we got a sneak peak of your sewing room!
    thanks for sharing with us.

  4. March 25, 2015 / 4:47 pm

    Really darling…and another clever use of your fav Vogue pattern that I wouldn't have thought of!

  5. March 26, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    This dress is a work of art, not mere fashion.

  6. March 28, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    How do you do your finishings (hems, necklines, sleeves) with neoprene? I know with some neoprene it's difficult if not impossible because of its thickness. So, I was just wondering if you had any tips on how to do it since you did that on this dress. Thanks, and I love the blog!

  7. March 29, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing a few pictures of the process you go through when modifying patterns.

  8. March 31, 2015 / 4:40 am

    I use Vogue 8840 as my basic template too, but have never tried adding tucks/pleats as you did here. They're perfect! What a great variation!

  9. April 9, 2015 / 8:13 am

    Exquisite white dress.White attire is amazingly versatile.In summer, white shading dresses made of cotton are preferable as they are cool and lightweight.My most loved colour in dresses is white and usually like to wear white dresses..!

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