Making your own clothes give you the ability to create a wardrobe with just about every piece of clothing you can dream of, and you save thousands of dollars while doing it. So if I want to add endless black wool dresses to my closet, I don’t think twice. Over the summer I was browsing one of my favorite blogs and spotted this Roksanda dress and loved every simple aspect of the dress. Typically when I spot something I’m inspired by, I’m not so literal but this simple gorgeous dress needed very little tweaking to make it my own.
I used this medium weight wool suiting that’s the perfect stash builder. Not only is it perfect for dresses, but equally perfect for fitted pants. It sews, cuts and irons with ease.
The pop of color on the sleeves is from my leftover silk Rag and Bone umber
The pattern used was McCalls M5927 for the bodice with the following alterations:
-Add 1 1/2″ to the height of the neck front
-Add 1″ to the height of the neck back
-Removed 17″ from the length of the sleeves
-Added a 7″x32″ pleated bell sleeve, lined in silk
The skirt used was vintage Simplicity 6573 with the following alterations
-Removed the waistband and added to the bodice