DIY open back pencil dress

DIY open back pencil dress

I left the “traditional” workforce a couple of years ago but these dresses, minus the open back bring me back to that time.  Whenever I now have the opportunity to wear one, I couldn’t be happier.  This is my interpretation of modest. 🙂

This dress was made using this Donna Karan double face crepe from ,  The navy blue color is perfect and so dark it’s almost black.  It sews and cuts nicely and has a nice amount of stretch which make it super comfy.  It’s lined in this gorgeous silk charmeuse which makes this dress feel luxurious.

The pattern used for this dress was this vintage McCall’s pattern 3673  which I altered with a high waist pencil skirt, 12″ zipper, 1.5″ to the sleeves and a  5″ back slit, instead of the button back midi skirt.  As you can see I absolutely love vintage patterns and feel they represent my style more so than the new patterns so thank god for Etsy.

side note- backless bra found here

Dress- DIY Vintage McCall’s 3673
Heels- Schutz

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  1. July 23, 2015 / 3:13 pm

    absolutely beautiful…well done:)

  2. July 23, 2015 / 6:42 pm

    I like this a lot. Excellent! What kind of workforce are you in now?

  3. July 24, 2015 / 11:49 am

    Love, love, love!! Looks absolutely gorgeous!!

  4. July 24, 2015 / 2:18 pm

    Very nicely done….I adore vintage patterns but haven't had the courage to try them.

  5. July 24, 2015 / 2:43 pm

    I like your interpretation so much more than the original pattern, thank you for sharing your vision. Your fabrics choices are perfect.

  6. July 25, 2015 / 12:25 am

    That is just gorgeous!

  7. Edita
    July 29, 2015 / 2:05 pm

    So stylish! I love your interpretation of modest!

  8. July 30, 2015 / 11:10 am

    This would easily transition nicely from day to night garb. Paired with a cardigan or jacket at work and without after work hours.

    Beautifully executed as always, Nikki 🙂

  9. July 31, 2015 / 12:07 am

    Great looking dress!

  10. August 3, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    I love all of your finished work. Everything is so my style. I need to learn to see to get done of these items added to my wardrobe 🙂

  11. October 25, 2015 / 6:36 am

    This dress is everything I love it, and it compliment you very well.

  12. January 8, 2016 / 4:52 am

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