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!

I love yellow! Bridesmaid-style dress

This is one of those projects that I'm really proud of myself for doing--I took an inspiration from something and created it myself!  In this case, it's the super cute bright yellow Nanette Lepore dresses the bridesmaids wear in I Love You, Man.  See?
This movie came in spring of 2009, when I first noticed happy yellow becoming a total fashion color.  I looooove Rashida Jones's clothes the whole movie--serious inspiration throughout--but at the end the bridesmaids are so cute in that happy yellow.  I have blogged about this before!  Now, yellow is a very common wedding color, I see it all the time on The Knot and Once Wed.  I love it, but my fiance apparently doesn't.  He's sort of random about the colors and styles he likes and doesn't like.  So, I decided, not likely that I will be able to have bright yellow bridesmaid dresses (and at least two of mine are Asian--not big yellow fans).  But I realized, so?  I can just make a yellow dress for myself!
I took two patterns and combined them to make a very similar version, although I used a linen/cotton blend instead of what looks like a heavy silk in the movie.  I used for the bodice Butterick 5319:
For the skirt, which is fairly slim with pleats at the waist, I used McCalls Easy Stich-and-Save 5686:
And it turned out really well!  See?
Now, all I need is another of these lovely sunny days we've been having, and somewhere to wear it!


  1. This came out really well!

  2. that turned out cute. Good job. I love yellow. Too bad my husband hates it on me.

  3. Great yellow dress! I'm a lover of yellow also. I love a bright yellow coat in winter, and hope to make one in the fall.

  4. Beautiful! Well done. I love how you combined the two patterns.

  5. Wow it turned out great! Yellow is slowly becoming one of my favorite colors for spring even though I have always thought it looked horrible on me. I'm definitely warming up to it with the warming of the weather!

  6. really lovely! i don't look so great in yellow, i have olive skin and it makes me look like vomit. you rock the yellow though!

  7. awesome job. im suprised how much i love them actually.
    thanks for the comments on my blog... you are too sweet.


  8. BEAUTIFUL! I love yellow... but it doesn't look any good on me :(

  9. This is gorgeous! I love it, and you did an awesome jobs. Definitely one of my favorites from your blog.


  10. wow! What a dress!




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