Grey Tie-Neck Button-Up Dress

I really NEED more fall clothing, so I’ve been pushing myself to get some clothing done since the weather is a changin’. I’ve really been lacking in the button-up shirt and dress department, and I want so more clothes that are “fall appropriate” in color, etc. Anyway, I decided a couple of weeks ago that it was about time that I drafted myself a button-up pattern with several different variations that I could use to make myself pieces for my fall wardrobe.

IMG_9279This dress was actually the first thing that I drafted a couple of weeks ago.

IMG_9221My sister actually asked me to make a very similar dress for her, so I figured I may as well draft it in my size first and test everything out. 😉 The dress I’m making for her will have pockets on the bodice and a regular collar. This is the picture she sent me.

IMG_20130810_182704I first planned for my dress to have a regular collar, but I decided pretty last minute to extend the collar into ties.


IMG_9232IMG_9292The fabric is a lightweight rayon material. The color was really difficult to capture, but it is such a lovely shade of grey.

IMG_9229It’s unfortunate that the dress is wrinkly in the photos, but I have to say it’s not bad for a full day of wear pre-photos.


IMG_9297IMG_9244IMG_9282IMG_9281IMG_9269IMG_9230This is definitely my new favorite dress. It’s perfect for layering with a cardigan and tights when the weather cools off.


Here are some detail shots.

IMG_9214IMG_9218I just love edge stitching!

IMG_9216The inside…

IMG_9212After drafting this pattern, I drafted a pattern for a similar dress with a non-elasticated waist. That version will have sleeves. I added darts at the waist in the front and back. I’m working on making this dress from a plaid material.

I also drafted a peplum to make a little button-up shirt. That shirt was actually the first item I made from this set of patterns, but I’m going to show that in another post.

I then traced the pattern and extended the bodice into a full-length shirt, and drafted a collar with a collar stand and a flat peter pan collar to mix and match with the pattern.

Since I like necklines to be a bit lower when there’s a peter pan collar, I decided to draft another shirt pattern with a lower neckline, as well. I just finished a lace shirt using that pattern, because of Zoe‘s comment in my last post. I’ve wanted a lace shirt for a while anyway, and that gave me the push to finally just make one.

Here's a little preview :)
Here’s a little preview 🙂

Due to my feeling really icky for several weeks and having no desire to take photos of finished garments, the list of things that I need to post about has reached ridiculous proportions. So, I’m going to skip over posting some makes from the summer and just move on to fall garments. I’ve got some variations of the Verity pattern to share soon, as well.

Things may be a bit slower than usual around these parts, as I will be spending a lot more time working on our house this next month. We have some pretty lofty goals and deadlines to meet on that front. I will still be popping in once in a while though. I hope everyone is enjoying the advent of fall.

  1. soisewedthis

    October 1, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    That’s so cute! I’m super impressed with your drafting skills and your sister is really lucky!!

  2. EmSewCrazy

    October 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm

    Lovely dress. The color is great and it looks like it will be a wonderfully versatile wardrobe piece.

  3. rosiewednesday

    October 1, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    I love the tie on this dress! Can’t wait to see more of the lace blouse.

  4. ShanniLoves

    October 1, 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I’m so impressed with anyone that can draft their own patterns! Love this!!

  5. Rach

    October 1, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Incredibly lovely, well done!

  6. Juanita

    October 1, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Always impressed by your perfect sewing skills and pattern-drafting. I like the minimal look of this perfect-shade-of-grey dress!

  7. Diya

    October 1, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    this is a lovely dress. how did you draft it ? did you use a base pattern of from blocks 🙂 i love the elasticated waist. Any plans of a tutorial on this;) have a great day

  8. Gjeometry

    October 2, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Great dress!!! And, how great that you drafted it yourself?? I love the dove grey colour and the bow. Anything with a bow delights me. I also love your hair colour, is it natural?

    1. Gjeometry

      October 2, 2013 at 12:06 am

      I just henna’d mine, but it does not have the natural look like yours.

  9. Zoe

    October 2, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Yaaay! You made the lace shirt. I am so excited to see it. I think you should release the pattern for this dress in Moxie Patterns, I love it and would be keen to buy it 🙂

  10. CGCouture

    October 3, 2013 at 11:11 am

    So you’ve been feeling icky for a few weeks and have deadlines on renovations….hmmmm…I know what that would mean in my household… 😉

    I love the tie neck of this dress, so pretty! And I can’t wait to see the full post for the lacy blouse, it’s gorgeous from the little sneaky peek you gave!! Will be interested to see how you style it if it’s truly all sheer instead of having a yoke or something made of the lace. 🙂

  11. CGCouture

    October 3, 2013 at 11:13 am

    I do hope you are feeling better though, and I shouldn’t tease. 🙂

  12. Nay

    October 8, 2013 at 12:40 am

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to see the rest of the second dress!

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