How to DIY a Bright Floral Dress

One of the best things about being a DIY'er is that we can look at something really expensive and know that we can create it ourselves for much less money. Today's inspiration is a Floral Silk Shantung Dress by BOSS Black available at Saks for $595. That's way out of my budget but the it wouldn't be too hard to knock off this lovely dress for about $30. Totally affordable and you can make it exactly to your measurements for a perfect fit.

How to DIY a Bright Floral Dress

Step 1 The inspiration dress is gorgeous, simple and would look great on anyone. You'll wear this dress to afternoon weddings and fancy garden parties all summer long.

Step 2 Find a sewing pattern. The inspiration dress is a fairly simple silhouette and you probably already have a similar pattern in your stash. I am recommending that you use Simplicity 1873 View A, a Cynthia Rowley design, because I have used it twice before with great success. See how I used View A here and View B here. To really match the inspiration, you should make the skirt and sleeves less full (make the panels less wide) with just two pleats at the center front skirt.

Step 3 Find your fabric. The fabric shown above is Hanover Square Anemone Print from Fabric Depot. The fabric is 100% cotton and only costs $9 a yard on sale. It's not as fancy as a silk shantung but cotton is a classic and I think it would work for this dress. It will still look beautiful just a little less luxe. In fact, I used a cotton seersucker with this pattern and worked well. Check out some of my runner up fabrics here, here and here.

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