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Made by a Fabricista: A DIY Summer Dress in Polka-Dot and Flowers.

[Dress was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

Summer is here, kinda...... over here in PA the weather gets warm then cool, then rain then warmer, then cool. When it comes in full swing Mori will be prepared with all the  dresses I've sewn this week. For this DIY dress I used  Butterick pattern 6453 will be a summer staple for sure. It's sew cute and sew easy to make. I made three different versions of this dress and the other two are posted on my blog, so stop by and check those out. 

The pattern is pretty straight forward no issues and the possibilities of hacking this pattern are endless. The pattern does not call for an invisible zipper, just a regular install. I used a peach color zipper which will give  some peek-a-boo color action in the back. I think an exposed zipper would work magic back there with a simple print or solid. I may try that if I make another dress from this pattern.

I purchased this sateen border print when I visited the retail store last year and I bought two panels to make a midi skirt. I never got around to it so it was a perfect choice for this dress. Now the question was what fabric do I use for the top of  the dress, no solids in sight, so a polka-dot print it was.  Fabric Mart doesn't have any border prints in stock right now, but check back periodically. I think any floral print would make a fabulous dress.





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That's all for now folks!
Michelle @ That Black Chic


  1. I LOVE this so MUCH! Great combination of fabrics! Mori is one lucky girl getting all these amazing clothes from such a talented mom!

  2. 🔥🔥🔥 - this is such an amazing use of this fabric and has me totally rethinking how I'm going to use my piece! Beautiful dress!!!

    1. When I was looking for fabric form my stash I was like Yeessss, this will be perfect!

  3. I just bought this pattern and I am soooo glad that I did. Your dress is pure delight!!!!!

  4. Isn't she lovely. Your versions of this dress are absolutely amazing. I have looked over that pattern a number of times but now I am thinking about purchasing it. Great job as usual.

  5. That is the cutest dress!!!! Love it, love it so much. So girly!!!

    1. Yes it is we had to break out the pearls for this one.

  6. I love, love, LOVE this dress! I am definitely inspired to sew it now. I bought the pattern recently and I haven't decided on the fabric choice yet but boarder prints are on my list to look out for.

    1. Absolutely! They work very well with this pattern.

  7. Love Love Love... You art is so amazing!


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