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DIY wool zipper dress

Winter for me is the opportunity for wool overload.  I absolutely love it! Mood has the most luxe wool in every shade and texture on the planet.  This medium weight suiting wool with a bit of one-way stretch and a lot of drape make for the perfect fitted dress and pants.  It sews easily, irons well and fits comfortably.  At only $13.99 a yard, it definitely won’t last.

The dress was made using the bodice of vintage McCalls 2718 with the following alterations:
-Removed the neck band option
-Added a gathered sleeve
-Added 20″ back zipper
-Added 8″ zippers to the wrist

The Skirt of the dress was made using my trusty pencil skirt pattern  with the following alterations:
-Added a 9″ back split
-Added a 1″ bottom band

The fur trimmed blazer was made a while ago here

Jacket-DIY here
Booties-Manolo Blahnik
Shades-Linda Farrow



  1. Jennifer
    January 29, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Absolutely love the dress!!!! and love the new look of your blog too!!!!

  2. Lora Davis
    January 29, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Just Beautiful:)

  3. Brenda
    January 29, 2016 / 10:16 pm

    The link isn’t working for the fur blazer.

  4. Diane
    January 30, 2016 / 12:22 am

    The links with this new format are barely visible. On my lap top, it looks like there were a lot of spaces between the black type. And when I clicked on the link for the most recent post, it sent me to the second most recent post. The only thing I can think of is the pictures change too quickly.

  5. Crystal
    February 4, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Hello I am new to sewing. Do you have to use lining in a dress like ths?

  6. Randi Fountain
    February 9, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    so fabulous!!!