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5.01.2010

The Berkeley Dress

This post is part of a month long series called 'Pattern Makeover Month.' I took a simple pattern (The Sweet Dress by Leila and Ben) and 'made-it-over' into many different styles. For more information, go here.





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I am sure you are all familiar with Dana from Made. She is another of my favorites. One of those adorable people you just wish you were lucky enough to be friends with in real life. One of her tutorials is for pockets. What a fun addition to the Sweet Dress!

For this variation, I used a men's dress shirt for the main dress. The bigger the shirt the better. Cut the shirt apart on the seams. Use the main shirt part for the main dress pieces. Use the shirt sleeves for the sleeve fabric. Change the buttons.

Then use Dana's tutorial to add pockets.


And the hat?

Yes, the fantastic hat is another pattern from Leila and Ben. The Little Cap Pattern. A perfect accessory to the Sweet Dress.









Keeping It Simple

19 comments:

Angela C. said...

I love it. I'm glad it's a repurposed shirt. At first, I thought we were going to have to do the button holes ourselves.

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theteo5 said...

The pockets make the dress! And the hat! LOVE IT!

heather said...

Love the pockets!

felicia said...

I love everything about the outfit down to the striped tights. Very hip!

Marcia said...

Amazing. The shirt with a change in buttons and THE pockets -- too cute. Thank you for this series of dresses.

cmboyd_1999 said...

Too cute!

Natalie said...

Yay - I didn't know if we'd stop seeing your darling dresses now that it is May! This is such a cute take on the Made dress and so cute with those tights, boots and hat.

Lacey said...

So cute and I love the outfit!!!

EHC said...

The styling for this one is great! (Can you tell I've been watching too much Project Runway?)

Patti said...

love those pockets! Really cute dress!

ange_moore said...

I was going to say that this dress looked a lot like one of Dana's shirt dresses!

Janna said...

Love this idea!! And that hat is just adorable!

Kaysi said...

DARLING!!! She is just a doll!

kyliro said...

Love it!!! And your little model is too precious!

jellaan said...

I love this dress and the little cap!!

dana said...

LOVE this whole ensemble Liesl! Seriously. Really cute/cool/clever.
Thanks or the link (and the sweet words). I'd love to meet you in real life!

Montrose Lewises said...

love using Papa's shirts!!

Rach said...

I am a newish follower to your blog. I love all these ideas you have for the dress pattern, but I think this is my favorite!

Anonymous said...

Hi

I have found a perfect shirt for a dress like that but it has pockets. Would you rip them off first? Did your shirt have pockets?

Thanks

Agata