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!

How to Wear DIY: The striped dress I love

Loving this navy and white striped dress I made earlier this spring. It's finally warm enough to wear it out, like I did last weekend with a bright necklace and some wedges that have been in the out-of-season clothing closet for ages.

Jacket: Necessary Objects via Goodwill. Necklace: F21. Shoes: Goodwill.
Bag: Target. Belt: Target via Goodwill. Dress: DIY, here!

Sure do love classic navy and white stripes. And that knit is so comfy! I hardly ever sew on knits, but I give five stars to this version of a fitted dress, zipper and all, but made with a 100% cotton knit (this one). Makes for a better fit, too! I lined the bodice with self-fabric, so it all moves the same way.

I highly recommend a stripe/natural leather/bright accessory combo this weekend, too! Have a great one!


  1. Great look! A question on lining up the stripes with the bust darts--does it work out in the end if you just match the stripes when you're cutting out the pattern or is there something more I would need to do?

  2. Cute necklace! I know I'm biased, but F21 has the best jewelry ;)

  3. Thanks! All you should need to do is cut the pieces perfectly on the grain, and if the stripes are also printed/woven straight, they should match pretty closely on the darts!

  4. I love a good blue and white stripe! It never gets old. You did an awesome job.

  5. You are so talented! Is there a tutorial on this dress? Would love to know how to make the darts in it for a more feminine look! Also, I've never been good with inserting zippers. ;(



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