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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!

I looove this work dress!

So while I haven't time to sew since we moved on Saturday, I have had a chance to wear a dress I made last week--and I felt so cute in it!  I wasn't sure about the pattern, since the sleeve option was weird and the bust seam seemed a little out of place, but it turned out great!  It's McCall's M6162, which I got for $1.99 at JoAnn's at a big sale recently.
See, weird sleeve.  I might use it sometime for fun, but... eh.  The pattern piece for it is actually just a rectangle on the straight grain!  Anyway.

I made it up out of a heathered-sort of grey poly suiting that I also got at JoAnn's, for $1.50 or $2.00 a yard on a half off clearance sale.  Here it is plain (forgive the bra straps; my photographer's not trained to notiec such things ;) ):
And here it is with a belt and cardi, how I wore it at work (I also wore black tights with a stripe woven in and cute black heeled "shooties").
Guess you can't really see my earrings, but that's all the jewelry I wore.  Next time I wear it I'll accessorize totally differently--could wear a blazer over it, or maybe just a scarf at the neck, and of course there are many different belts I could add!  I like to look different every day, and a dress isn't something as versatile as a skirt or top that you can easily pair with something different, so I want to be creative with it.  Any suggestions are appreciated!  How would you accessorize this dress?

24 comments

  1. So cute!
    I just got a vintage snowflake brooch that I'd definitely wear on the dress, or on a cardigan over it. What a great piece!

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  2. What a great dress, and your execution of it is wonderful. I'm always so impressed at how well you fit your dresses! I am still a bit of a dressmaking newbie, but I find that my dresses look best if I'm going for that paperbag chic look. :-)

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  3. I'm going to have to get that pattern! You look so cute in it. It's the perfect classy dress. I love the look with the belt and cardi.

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  4. lovely dress! it's very similar to the one I'm making at the mo - I hope it turns out as-well as your one lol!

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  5. I love the versatility of these dresses, you could pretty much wear what you want with it, small belt, wide belt, patterned tights, cardi with a brooch... The list is endless!!!

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  6. A very cute dress, indeed. Pink, red, or brown accents would be lovely. It would look sweet with a little shrug. What a great pattern.

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  7. You are so talented! How adorable!!! :)

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  8. cute dress and I love fabric! it would look cute with boots or a cardi, some long necklaces or a big flower brooch... the possibilities are endless! :)

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  9. Love it! It's just a little different from what you've already done here but maybe a belt over the cardigan? That's a popular look right now. Very cute!

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  10. Anonymous2/04/2011

    What a great classic dress! So feminine!
    I think it would look cute with a matching necklace and shoes. Or even a brooch.

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  11. Love the dress. For some reason I'm feeling like a yellow scarf might look great.

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  12. It looks great on you!

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  13. I thought you would be too busy to post with your new job but I guess the new job is a bonus for us!! I love your ideas on office wear! I need the ideas! I went out an bought some 99 cent patterns from one of your post and am so excited to try one. I tend to be a color inside the lines kind of person and you are totaly inspiring me!! Keep it up!
    Oh and I think I would try a shortish cardi or jacket. You can probably whip one up before breakfast! Thanks for your guest posts! She is adorable!

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  14. Wauu...I wanna sew one aswell :)
    Wear it with a funny colorful broche and a matching blouse/cardigan/jacket or hairband ;)

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  15. Suzannah, I would make the dress with the sleeve detail. That's what makes it so different!
    JR Nuerge

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  16. Anonymous2/05/2011

    I really like this one! Simple and classic. And I think you could do a lot of fun accessorizing because it's such a neutral color. Maybe some fun, bold colors with a scarf, necklace, or belt (I'm thinking yellow would be especially fun)

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  17. You are whipping up some great wear to work gear. But I think you could add some colour to your workwear.

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  18. Thanks, everyone! Thanks for all the ideas =)

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  19. i am with megan, the first time i looked at it i thought a yellow scarf or other accent might be fun.

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  20. Hi,
    You are amazing! I'm new to your site...but I just love the stuff you make.

    For accessorizing this dress...why not create one of your 'eternity' scarves, but a lightweight version...with the same fabric as the dress on one side and a complementing print fabric on the other....maybe the print could have colors that coordinate with a contrasting color blazer. Or something like your ruffled peplum belt might go great with it too.

    -Kat

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  21. you could add a scarf, a crocheted neckline ( my mother used to make a lot of them), attach a ruffle to a belt and attach at the hemline inside the dress. Wear a ruffle around your waist. Color is great and can be paired with almost anything. You are making me want to start sewing again. (Then I won't be able to work on my jewelry that I sell.) Keep up the terrific work and ideas.

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  22. This dress is great and so well made!
    I have this same pattern and attempted to make my first ever dress with it - it didn't turn out so well!
    Do you have any tutorials on simple work dresses?
    p.s - your blog is great!

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  23. Thankd!!

    @Thejoya, I don't have any work dress tutorials posted (I usually follow the patterns pretty closely for them), but I do have a Sewing Circle all about linings coming up next week and it will be very relevant!

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