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!

Swingy summer dress

This happy summer dress reminds me of Man Men and Mod Cloth, with the full skirt and wide collar.  I was inspired by several dresses from the latter:
Think wide collar, natural waist, full skirt, sleeveless but not strappy.
I had a sort of dumpy wrap dress pattern, Simplicity 3877, so I used it with some modifications.
The collar was sort of a trial-and-error, but it ended up working.  I took the collar piece and added a curve, see?
I used the collar as usual, with some of it being on the bias, and added pleats above the bust like the darling plaid frock above.


  1. tell you the truth, I like your one better:) The collar looks more prominent & elegant in yours ^_^

  2. I like your version best! You did a wonderful job, it's beautiful.

  3. Such a cute dress!! Okay random question- I'm not great at sewing, and when I'm doing things that need to be measured and cut, I absolutely hate using a tape measure, etc. So I saw on this post under your fabric you have a board underneath with measurements. That is EXACTLY what I want/need :) Could I find this at a fabric store?? And do you use the rotary scissors over regular scissors??? Thanks so much!!

  4. That looks fantastic! I wish I had the skills that you have. I so want this dress now.

  5. Love it! I like yours better than the ones that you referenced :)

  6. Love it---as always. So cute!

  7. It's great! I like the color.

  8. Karin (the Mrs.)5/17/2010

    That's a lovely dress. The colour is gorgeous and you made a beautiful collar. Great job!

  9. You have a lovely blog! Inspirational!

  10. Super cute!! good job :)

  11. LOVELY! I can't wait to hone the skills necessary to turn-out fantastic little dresses like this!

  12. I think this is my favorite project you've done yet! The front/neckline is gorgeous!

  13. You amaze me! I love yours. the first dress is darling with almost a fifties style. But, yours is totally cute for always! It's so classy!
    Lila Ferraro
    Queen Bedroom Sets

  14. Pretty! I like your version best, the neckline is so flattering!

  15. Très féminin, j'adore.

    Bonne journée.

  16. Anonymous6/03/2010

    I had just spotted this the other day--very similar! Beautiful work.

  17. I made a dress very similiar to this, but it was made with a silky print and it had two layers of ruffles. It was a very cute wrap dress. It was a more formal version of this.




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