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DIY V neck dress

DIY V neck dress

One of the number one questions I usually receive is How do I know what type of fabric to select when shopping online? I’m going answer that question in reference to fitted dresses with one word……..suiting.

Whenever I’m preparing to make a fitted dress, I go straight to suiting fabric and choose a medium/heavy weight fabric with stretch.  You cannot go wrong.

This dress was made using this heavy weight olive green cotton suiting that’s perfection.  It reminds me of a heavier weight stiffer draped ponte.  It has a 4-way stretch but also feels very substantial.  It sews, cut and irons with ease.

The pattern used for this dress was my McCalls M7444 jumpsuit pattern with the following alterations:

-Added 5 1/2″ to the length of the bodice front and back

-Added 2 1.25″ bust straps

-Added a pencil skirt using my pencil skirt tutorial

-Added a back seam to the skirt

-Added an exposed zipper

-Added darts to the back bodice and back of the skirt (fit purposes)

Chandler’s biker jacket was made using this Burdastyle downloaded pattern



  1. Terri K
    November 13, 2017 / 6:12 pm

    Wow, just WOW! Love your modern aesthetic, choice of fabrics, and how it comes through in yours, and other patterns you modify. And Chandler is working her cool jacket and outfit.

  2. November 13, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Gorgeous dress! And Chandler is too cute in her biker jacket.

    • Nikki
      November 29, 2017 / 3:37 am

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚

  3. Detra
    November 14, 2017 / 3:37 pm

    The dress is stunning! Your daughter is getting so big. Have a great holiday!!!

    • Nikki
      November 29, 2017 / 3:34 am

      Thank you….don’t remind me 😐 it makes me sad she’s growing so fast.
      Happy Holidays to you as well.

  4. November 16, 2017 / 11:57 am

    You take the idea of Mommy-and-Me sewing to a whole new levelβ€”a really cool one! You guys look so chic! I love it.

    • Nikki
      November 29, 2017 / 3:30 am

      Thank you so much πŸ™‚ I’m honestly inspired by her.

  5. Sonia
    July 29, 2018 / 3:16 pm

    I adore this dress!! When you add length to the top, did you add it to the top (shoulders)? I looked at M7444 and the plunge isn’t as deep as yours – I love how deep yours is! <3 thanks!

    • admin
      December 29, 2018 / 4:53 am

      No, I didn’t add anything to the shoulders.