Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer and mom of two little ones. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals.
I 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!

Lace dress remake: shimmery silver two-fer

New dress! Well, mostly new--a makeover. So a while ago I made this dress out of this pretty ivory lace and ivory lining, but I cut the circle skirt a little short and I wanted something a little different.

I had quite a few yards of this shimmery silvery sort of stiff sheer fabric, got it for free at a fabric swap a while ago, and I didn't really know what to do with it. It's seriously a weird weight and drape, not good for a bodice, but not as slinky and drapey as the sheer skirt I was imagining... as you can see, I did two layers of it for a simple pleated skirt with the basic Simplicity 1873 bodice.

I actually reeeeeeally tried to do a gathered skirt with it, ran two rows of gathering stitches and everything, but the fabric has so much body and was so wide (more than 60" wide, and I used two panels), it just wouldn't work!! So I gave up and knife-pleated it. It's amazing how much fabric you can fit into a by pleating.

It has some pretty fullness in the back, too.

A happy makeover! I think it'll be great for a winter party--I know the little black dress is a classic, but I like to wear brighter, fresher colors sometimes, so I don't get tired of the practical darks for the colder weather!


  1. oh. my. goodness!!! i LOVE it!! love the lacey fitted top and the fullness of the skirt! the colors look great on you, too! You did an awesome job, Suzannah! :)

  2. I love a good two-fer dress, and this one is a great upcycling of your previous dress!

  3. I love this dress.....the fitted lace bodice looks wonderful and love the fullness of the skirt!!

  4. I really like it! I think it would be super cute with a brightly colored belt!

  5. I really like this. The bodice fits amazingly.

  6. I love it! I think you've got the whole "winter whites" thing down perfectly with this!

  7. I think this is beautiful...that shimmery silver with the lace is stunning..and looks smashing on you.....thank you for sharing...

  8. just heading to one of the online shops,here i randomly choose angelweddingdress and enter into the category http://www.angelweddingdress.com/green-bridesmaid-dresses-c327,you will get a copy of the sample data as explained above,etc..

  9. Your dress turned out cute! Way to use what you have. It would be really cute (when it's colder) with a black short jacket to keep you toasty. I love to layer to keep warm.

  10. Nice, you can never have too many dresses. Loving the two tone!!

  11. Love this! Is that just a pleated rectangle, or is it cut in an a-line?



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