Birds have been a pretty popular motif for a while now and when done in a delicate, modern print like this, how could you possibly say no? I'm gearing up to share my own DIY monochrome bird print dress later this week (see my plans for the dress here). I'm so excited for you to see it. Meanwhile, here's how you can take a RTW dress as inspiration and make it your own.
How to DIY a Bird Print Dress
Step 1: Today's inspiration dress from Dorothy Perkins is fitted with a V-neck, cap sleeves, pockets and pleats at the waist. The fitted waist and pleated skirt of this dress highlight an hourglass figure quite nicely.
Step 2: The pattern McCall's M5466, View B is a really close match to our inspiration dress. The only big difference is the front neckline. The inspiration dress has a wrap V front while our inspiration is a rounded neckline with pleats. You could pretty easily redraft to make a V-neck. Or, use the wrap front bodice from McCall's M6083, View D/E and you'll have a super close match.
Step 3: This fabric by Michael Miller is a pretty perfect match to our inspiration dress. The cotton would be easy to sew with and work well with this pattern. This print is super cute, unless you have bad memories from watching Hitchcock's The Birds! Does anyone else kind of see birds swarming in this print? Nah, they're just cruising around in a completely non-menacing way.
I hope you enjoy this DIY inspiration. Tune in later this week for my own bird print dress!!