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!

A new summer dress with a cute retro caning print

New dress for summer! This one I actually started last year... whoops. Never finished it because I made some tiny mistake and didn't feel like taking it out, or got tired of reading the instructions, or maybe just was too slow so it was September and the dress was no longer seasonally appropriate. I can't remember exactly what happened, but I stopped. So when I pulled it off the shelf over the weekend and it was almost done, woo hooo! Half-done project!

I used McCall's M6331 and this super cute caning print from the JoAnn clearance. It was one of their featured collections a couple springs ago, I guess, came with some coral and brown prints... I love vintage caning on chairs and furniture, and the print was cute even though it's not my usual color--soft brown and tan instead of bright and cheery.

Here's the pattern--that pale blue thing is a romper. No, I did not make the romper version. ;) I don't remember why this odd flap thing on the bust appealed to me when I cut it out, but that's what I went with...


Haven't gotten as far as coming up with outfit ideas, so if you have any I'm all ears!


  1. so cute! I think it would look great with just some black pumps and gold jewelry.

  2. Very cute! I think it would look great with brightly colored sandals.

  3. This is lovely! Great fabric, and it fits you perfectly. What a wonderful summer dress!

  4. Gorgeous dress - love it :) x

  5. Oh, I love the little flaps at the front of the dress! Super-cute and elegant at the same time:-)

  6. Cute! I love this fabric. Party dress ;)

  7. I like the flaps! And way to go finishing a dress from last year. I think I have some projects like that still calling to me.

  8. Did you use the same pattern for the skirt that you did for the bodice? I have that pattern too and I didn't think that was the same bottom.

  9. Nah, the skirt is just a simple gathered rectangle. I do that a lot--I don't usually even open up the skirt part of a pattern if I want a basic skirt!




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