Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I co-host the Your Home Story podcast and believe you can love your home just the way it is, AND have the power to design and make big changes to make it better.
I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!
Mom to Otto born April 2018 and Lucy born August 2020!

The first dress!

I didn't think I'd get anything done today, but I did manage to finish a dress.  It doesn't really count in my dress-a-day scheme, since I actually made it the other day but couldn't finish it because I didn't have a zipper.  But let's pretend.

Here's the dress, made of a poly cotton polka dot my mom has had since the '80's, and a nice lightweight navy cotton voile I got on clearance at JoAnn a while ago.  It is very hard to find cute tube dress patterns, and I'm not even really happy with the one I used here if I hadn't done the shirring.  I used this pattern:

I changed the top by cutting out the lining of the bodice pieces, and then using rectangles of the fashion fabric in the right shape to overlay over, creating the semi-sheer poufy top.  I'm not sure I love it on.  I also added a waistband.  The skirt is two layers of the ivory/navy polka dot, cut in rectangles.


  1. This is such a cute dress! How on earth do you finish a dress a day??!

  2. Do you happen to have the pattern info for this one? The link came up page not found.

  3. Thanks!
    @Morgank98, it's McCall's M5806, and it's out of print =(, I don't know why, since it's a cute and practical pattern! Simplicity has a similar one in their formalwear section, or try eBay?




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