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'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

New mom to baby Otto born April 2018!

Classy plaid dress

I had some nice quality wool that my mom gave me, so I made this classy plaid dress in a classic style.  It feels very Mad Men and I love that it's 100% wool.  I used McCall's M5686 as a basic pattern with a few adjustments.

Can you believe they don't give dresses like this a lining?  It would pull and tear... something this fitted needs a lining!  I gave mine a full lining, bodice and skirt, and I made the neck lower to emulate an Ann Taylor Loft one I'd seen in a magazine.  I added those self-fabric bias ruffles, too.  I'm wearing it with a thin black leather Ralph Lauren belt.  It's not ideal but was sort of the best I had.  I think it needs a little wider belt...

*We are having technical difficulties in the camera department so this was the only picture we could get before the camera died.  You can't really see the flounces close-up, and the flash is not flattering.  I will post more, better, pictures later!*


  1. So glad I found your blog! I look forward to making my own clothes this year. Happy happy new year!!

  2. This is cool!! Your blog just made me think of posting my DIY dresses too. Thanks for sharing. You're very talented.

  3. great job with the plaid - turned out great!




accessories alterations anniversary apartment appliqué baby bathroom beauty bedroom blog swap blogging blogging tips books bridesmaid dress budget chairs cooking costumes crafty DIY curtains decor art demo denim dining room DIY gift DIY Wardrobe Makeovers dress dye e-design eco-friendly etsy fabric family farm fitness food fur furniture garage gardening gifts giveaway glitter hair Halloween handsewing happiness headboard health hobbies holiday holiday party dresses home dec home improvement home tour How to Wear DIY interfacing jeans kids' clothes kitchen knits lace lamp Lavender's Green Historic Clothing leather lighting living room maxi McCall's M6558 McCalls M5849 mending mod podge mood board motherhood my book my home nursery office One Room Challenge ORC Fall 2018 ORC Fall 2019 ORC Spring 2019 oregon organization paint Paleo parenting parties passions patterns peplum photography podcast Portland pregnancy quilt recipe recognition recycled retro ribbon romper rugs scarf scraps sewing sewing circle sewing inspiration sewing room Sewing with Friends shopping Silhouette Simplicity 1355 Simplicity 1873 Simplicity 1913 Simplicity 2444 Simplicity 2584 skirt slipcover sponsor spray paint stamp Stanley 90's reno Stanley 90's reno weekly update Stanley Tudor Revived staple gun stencil strapless stress sweater table tee the pillow tutorials thrifting tile top townhouse progress toys travel Tudor kitchen reno tutorial upholstery vacation vintage wallpaper wedding wedding dress weekend weekend inspiration what to wear
© Create / Enjoy • Theme by Maira G.