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 funky but girly soft summer dress

I tried to get creative on this one... was actually forced to, since I got the fabric at Goodwill Outlet and it appeared to have been another garment at one time, cut into four pieces, each a yard long and 20-25" wide.  Mysterious... one piece had a border print.  Anyway, I liked the soft and high quality weave feel to this funky batikey stuff, and I thought I could probably do something unexpected with it.  So here I was, trying to design something that included the one panel of border print but also worked for my less funky/hippie, generally more girly style.  I looked to Anthropologie for inspiration, at least for the attitude--I was looking for tribal or ethnic-ey inspired prints in more structured dresses...
And tops...
Get the general look?
So here's what I came up with!
I had fun with the one-shoulder look...
I used my old standby McCall's 5849 as a rough, rough base and created the rest of it from there.  I gave the whole bodice a bias ruching overlay for texture and depth, sewing down some of the gathers to keep it from adding too much bulk to my torso!  It has a faint sweetheart neckline, and the skirt is pleated into the waist, rather than gathered.
I wasn't sure about the fabric to begin with, honestly, but I'm actually quite happy with the balance of hippie to girly that I think I created! =)


  1. Very pretty, in a funky but girly kinda way!

  2. I love it and I'm really wishing I had bought that pattern before it went out of print. I had it in my cart and everything!

  3. It is a very versatile pattern! You can maybe get it eBay or Etsy or something, or Simplicity has a similar one in the formalwear category!

  4. This is such a cute dress, I am in love with the green color!

  5. Cute, the colour is beautiful!




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