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DIY Wool & Leather Drop Waist Dress

Good Monday morning!!!A drop waist dress is on the top of my list in terms of silhouette, It works well in many lengths and is insanely easy and comfortable to wear.  This dress was made with this beautiful bright red wool from Mood using my new favorite “simple”pattern Butterick B5948  view D  also seen here.

I receive a lot of questions about my pattern selection process and how I turn a simple pattern into this  this and this.

I am drawn to the most plain and simple patterns available.  When I’m looking at the pattern I completely ignore what it was designed for and instead visualize the potential.  Most garments I’m drawn to start with a basic shape and the design aspects are incorporated into that basic shape which makes those simple patterns perfect for me.

I start with a rough sketch of a design, then flip through my patterns to determine which pattern can be molded into my vision.  Using this process generally result in many design alterations as I go which makes this process a true labor of love.

The pattern alterations made for this drop waist dress were as follows:

Added 13″ to the bottom of the front and back piece
Added a 2″ leather band around the bottom hem
Added a 7″ wide pleated band around the hem.  (cut 2 pieces of fabric 65″x7″ sew the two pieces together, bast the top edge of the two pieces and add in pleats around the bottom of the dress)
Added a 2″ leather band around the wrist
Added a 22″ metal zipper down the back




Dress: DIY
Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti
Clutch- Fendi