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Made by Me Monday – High-Low Chevron Dress

2013 August 20

I made this dress a few weeks ago – I suppose almost a month ago now – and I’m having so much fun wearing it! Only one problem – I mis-measured the hem and it ended up a tad (read 3″!) shorter than I was aiming for on the “high” side of the hem. So, the photos without leggings are because I was inside my house… Ha!

 The High-Low Chevron Dress 

So far I have found the super-casual wide belt with red Toms look. The comfy (and my favorite!) 3/4 length leggings with no belt look. And the more dressy  no leggings, skinny white belt look.

I started making this dress by tracing one of my favorite tees. To make the skirt I continued the side seam-lines down using my hip measurement as a guide, so it would fit properly. Thankfully it all worked out well in the end! I did have to try it on several times and get my husband to pin the back closed along the centre back seam so it had a better shape. I should have taken a photo, because one of my favorite parts of the dress (and the tee!) is the centre-back seam. I’ve seen a lot of shirts like this lately and it allows you to create better shape on a knit fabric top more easily.

The fabric is from my Hamilton shopping trip and was supposed to be another Dolman Sleeve tee. As I found out when I asked on Facebook, I’m not the only one who changes their mind when a better idea presents itself! I really like the print, the colours are so fun! The chevrons are super tiny and uneven and it adds a lot of movement to the print which helps make it fun too. I was shopping at Joe Fresh the other day and saw a similar print in a similar style. Hooray for me, I love it when that happens!

I’m hoping to make another one of these soon, with a bit of a lengthened front hem – so I don’t have to pull out the leggings to wear it. Though I do like the leggings because they make playing with my kids a lot easier!


Our summer is almost over – only two weeks until school starts! Amazing – how did that happen again?! I’ve still got to do the annual overhaul of my oldest’s clothing and “drag” her to the mall to shop for a few things. Hopefully I have time to make her the lunch bag I have planned before she goes back. I’m also hopeful to use some of my stashed fabric to make her some new things as well. Do you make the kids in your life anything specific every year for school?

Before we end today I want to put in another shot of the AMAZING (did I mention, freehand silk screened, gorgeous!) fabric that Esmari from Warp & Weft is giving away. You can enter until this Friday (August 23) at 10pm by clicking here and following the directions in the giveaway post. (Update: Giveaway is over)

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  1. August 20, 2013

    What an adorable, trendy dress. It really suits you.

  2. Laura permalink
    August 20, 2013

    I love it! Next time you make one, I’ll join you :)

    • August 21, 2013

      I’ve got the pattern pieces – so if you wanted to borrow/use them we could see if the dress fits you?

  3. donna permalink
    August 20, 2013

    I want to see the back!!!

  4. August 20, 2013

    I like the comfy, 3/4 look the best too! The matching pumps are super with the dress.
    Oh, and great dress, by the way! hehe
    Esmari Taylor recently posted… Design Team Cushion CoversMy Profile

    • August 21, 2013

      Thanks Esmari :) I’ve had these flats for ages and they seem to go with everything!

  5. August 23, 2013

    CUTE Dress! Love the print – great colors. Also, great photos. Did you use a pattern or make your own?
    Kimberlee recently posted… Sewing – Bathing Suit Top RedoMy Profile

    • August 23, 2013

      Thanks Kimberlee! I copied a tee that I have that fits super well and added the skirt portion on my own. Thankfully the tee has dolman sleeves so I didn’t have to try to draft some!

  6. October 14, 2013

    That fabric is great and I love the hi-lo hem look!
    Helena recently posted… Peacock Chiffon Dress for Project SewnMy Profile

    • October 15, 2013

      Thanks Helena! I’m pretty happy with it – it’s nice and casual so I can wear it every day if I want.

  7. October 15, 2013

    Perfect choice for the print challenge :) Love it :) I actually really like this dress with leggings :)
    Jenya recently posted… Secret Squirrel sew-along – OctoberMy Profile

    • October 16, 2013

      Thanks Jenya! That one is my favorite too – super comfy! :)

  8. October 19, 2013

    Too cute!

    • October 20, 2013

      Thanks! :) Just spent a few minutes on your blog – you’ve got some really great clothes for you! Very nice… seems with my two kids I’ve got their stuff first usually. I’ve got to try to change that!

  9. October 21, 2013

    What a great dress! I would wear it all the time with leggings to!
    Simple Simon and Company recently posted… Super Scary Sewing Stories Week 3My Profile

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