Sew It Yourself

December 11, 2012


You know you’re a fabric nerd when you’re window shopping online and immediately recognize the fabric of a cute dress! I’m mildly obsessed with Alexander Henry, so when I stumbled upon the Bygone Days Dress at Modcloth, I knew right away that the “skeleton toile” fabric used was from his Midnight Pastoral collection. I also knew right away that $165 is a little steep for me to spend on a dress. Especially one I could make myself 😉

Certainly it wouldn’t be too hard to come up with a pattern to replicate this dress, and sure enough I found NEWLOOK 6776 within a few minutes. The V neck and little bust pleats of this pattern are pretty darn close to the original style. Exchange the sash with one of Sunni’s belt kits and you’ve pretty much got yourself the exact same dress!

Lets talk numbers now, shall we?

S.I.Y. Version:
Pattern – $4.29 Simplicity Online
Fabric – $10.00 a yard at fabricworm (will need about 3 yards for dress and belt)
Belt Kit – $9.50 at A Fashionable Stitch
(plus the miscellaneous notions, of course)

Total Cost: around $45.00
(that would save you $120!!)

This is exactly why the ability to sew your own clothing is so empowering! Sometimes sewing can be more costly than shopping ready-made styles, especially when you’re investing in expensive fabrics (not to mention using your free time!) but in this case I really don’t think you have anything to lose! …you’re definitely not losing money.