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DIY neck tie pencil dress

DIY neck tie pencil dress

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love fall and making cool weather clothes.  If I could get away with wearing wool dresses and coats year round, I would.

Because I hadn’t made or worn a fitted dress in what seems like forever, I knew when I snagged this plaid wool just what I had in store.  This is a great wool perfect for dresses and skirts because of the 2-way stretch.  It sews nicely and irons easily.

The dress was lined with a silk charmeuse which is a fabric I use frequently to line fitted pieces.  It’s comfortable and doesn’t change the fit.

How I made the dress:

Used the bodice of McCalls 5927 with the following alterations:

-Created an mock collar/neck tie by cutting 2 pieces of fabric 8″x25″ fold the fabric in half attaching one end to each side of the neck meeting in the back and connecting with a slide closure.  The front hangs down and ties

-Added a 4.5″ wrist cuff

-Attached a self drafted skirt with a back slit.

-Added an exposed zipper

This look can be achieved by using the same pattern and removing the pockets to get a more structured fit.  You can also make it even easier and create an oversized faux bow by cutting 1 piece of fabric 8’x50″, tie a bow and secure the bow to the neck of the dress.

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  1. October 29, 2016 / 6:34 am

    Fabulous dress! Wow! I love the modern version of a vintage style dress. Perfect for autumn.

  2. October 29, 2016 / 12:10 pm

    Very lovely dress! The sleeves fit really well and I really like the cuff addition. I hope you get a couple wears well out of it!

    • Nikki
      October 31, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Thank you, I hope to as well.

  3. Pascale Augustin
    October 30, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I love this dress do you know where I can get it?

    • Nikki
      October 31, 2016 / 4:36 am

      It’s a DIY so If you sew or know someone who sews, they can make it for you.

  4. Detra Tymus
    October 31, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    Love it!!!

  5. November 2, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I absolutely love this dress! You did such a great job and you look beautiful!

  6. Kaaloucha
    November 2, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Magnifique robe!! Quel travail! Elégante, sexy, moderne!!! Bravo! Je ne sais pas encore modifier un patron mais j’ai hâte! Est-ce difficile?

    ps: i’m writing from France, near Paris! I’ve just said that your dress is amazing, sexy and modern! I sew but i don’t know how to modify a pattern…not yet but i hope icould do it soon!!!! I’m trying hard to get as much time as possible to sew! 😉

  7. November 5, 2016 / 12:27 am

    You are just amazing! I love how you made your little girl a matching dress too!!

  8. November 5, 2016 / 3:47 pm

    This dress is da bomb on you. And your child’s matching smock is adorable. Way to go!

  9. CoCo
    November 26, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Love IT 🙂 …..You Lil’Lady is sumtin else….

  10. Sheila A
    December 2, 2016 / 12:54 am

    It’s so cute, how your compliment your daughter with a an outfit with matching patterns/fabric.

    • Nikki
      December 4, 2016 / 3:56 pm

      Thank you Sheila

  11. Lakia Carter
    January 13, 2017 / 3:43 pm


    I love all of your work! I am hoping to recreate this look with a half length sleeve for the spring. I always have a hard time knowing what material to use. I want it to stretch and fit in the same ways your wool dress does. What fabric would you suggest?

    Thank you!

    • Nikki
      January 15, 2017 / 7:08 pm

      Thank you so much

      I would use a stretch medium weight wool. It provides stability, keeps it’s shape and provides a bit of stretch for easy wearability.

  12. Tonia
    May 2, 2017 / 4:20 pm

    Ma’am and again I say, Ma’am! I am brand new to sewing and am a little intimidated by the machine I just ordered, but your fashions give me life. You and your daughter have become by lighthouse as I venture into this sea. I look forward to learning and making (w/prayers, tears and wine) some of your pieces.

    Thank you!!


    • Nikki
      May 2, 2017 / 8:44 pm

      LOL thank you Tonia. Just remember to keep going even when you horribly butcher a great piece of fabric and want to slide your machine into the back of your closet.

  13. July 7, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    It`s just fantastic!

    • Nikki
      July 27, 2017 / 4:42 am

      Thank you so much

  14. Jovida Benson
    December 24, 2017 / 7:38 pm

    Great dress! Is this one of your patterns? please advise so I can purchase it. Thanks

    • Nikki
      January 3, 2018 / 12:24 am

      Thank you, no it’s not my pattern.