Houndstooth Peter Pan Collar Verity

Today, I bring you a dress that has been staple of my winter wardrobe. Well, when I say it has been a staple, I mean it’s the only dress I’ve been willing to wear when I actually think about wearing a dress (which, if I’m being honest, has been maybe three times in the last month). It has been downright frigid, for what feels like a year, and all I want to do is wear pants, a sweater and a huge coat.

I’m sure I say this every year, but I am so ready for spring. I am decidedly a dress kind of gal, so I haven’t felt like myself lately. I will have a personal party when I have the opportunity to shed those cumbersome winter layers and don a dress without suffering from hypothermia. I think I’ll have an understanding of what it’s like for a butterfly when it emerges from its cocoon.

Anyway, moving on!

IMG_9672This is another garment that I finished many months ago. It’s finally getting the moment of fame it deserves.

IMG_9671I used the Verity pattern, with some changes. First, the skirt has less flare. Since I only had a small section of the houndstooth fabric, I redrafted the skirt to fit the amount of fabric that I had.

IMG_9678I also drafted a fun little peter pan collar because, let’s face it, I’m obsessed with peter pan collars. Deal with it! 😉

IMG_9691I plan to either create a tutorial for drafting a peter pan collar for Verity or offer a pattern piece. So, those of you who have the Verity pattern will have another collar option to choose from.

I was having a lot of trouble getting the remote to work that day, so you’ll have to forgive its overt presence in some of the photos.

Both of the fabrics that I used for the dress were thrift store finds. While I can’t remember how much each of the cuts were, I’m sure this dress was less than $3 to make.

IMG_9674As you may have deduced from the pictures, the materials are not ideally paired. One is a lightweight knit and the other is a double-knit. I was aware of the material differences before I made the dress, but I’m stubborn, and I forced the union anyway. The weight of the skirt does pull the top of the dress down a bit. Aside from that, the combination was a success, as far as I’m concerned. It’s like an oddly matched couple; strange at first, but somehow it works.



IMG_9681Oh yeah, I should probably address the purple cardigan. Unfortunately, I did not make it. When my mom and sister were visiting me last November, we found that one and a white one on clearance at Anthropology. The cardigans are totally my style and the exact length that I normally prefer. They also have some pretty details, and I have a feeling they’ll last me a good long while. You’ll definitely be seeing them in heavy rotation for the spring.

IMG_9670Well, there you have it: a winter wardrobe sort-of-staple. Now, if only spring would hurry up, so I can shed the coats and sweatshirts and feel like myself again. Is anyone else feeling the winter doldrums?

  1. GA

    February 12, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I am ready for spring and it isn’t even cold here right now. I just love it when things start blooming and the earth becomes alive again.

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:05 am

      Me too! I love seeing everything in bloom. I just can’t help but smile when I look around in the spring. 😀

  2. Jana

    February 12, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Definitely ready for spring, yes. And this winter hasn’t even been very cold so far over here, with very little snow. Still. I would appreciate some more natural light than we’ve been getting.

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Yes, I’m with you! Sunlight is the thing I miss the most during the winter months. Frankly, I don’t mind as much when it’s cold and the sun is shining. I just don’t like the cold and gloominess combined.

  3. IngeMaakt

    February 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Yes, spring, please arrive soon!! your dress is lovely, houndstooth is one of my favourite prints (along with florals and dots), and the way you combined it with the black and the collar looks great!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thanks! Great minds think alike…those are my favorite prints too. 😉 I love mixing prints with solids.

  4. foamofdays

    February 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Lovely dress! I love the peter pan collar you added – looks so cute!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Thank you! 🙂

  5. Kathryn

    February 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I’m with you in being ready for spring! I love this dress & would never have guessed there was any issues with the 2 different fabric weights. Your Peter Pan collar is so cute too!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:16 am

      Thanks! Yeah, it isn’t super noticeable. I gut lucky, I guess.

  6. monica L.

    February 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Lovely dress! Oh, and I am completely with you about being excited for spring. Today was the first day in a very long time that it got above thirty degrees, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited about it being that “warm” out before!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:21 am

      Thanks! Haha! Yeah, thankfully we had beautiful weather this past weekend before the temperature dropped again for the week (luckily it hasn’t been anywhere near as cold as it was, though). Spring will be here any time now! 🙂


    February 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I love how it looks like separates! Super cute! Also, girl, your hair is ON POINT in these photos. So jelly 😉

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:22 am

      Thanks, and thanks! Oh, the magic of the curling wand. 😉

  8. Rox Guillemette

    February 12, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    That dress perfectly highlights your curves! It looks like a snug sweater and a retro-looking skirt. Also, like Lladybird, I gotta give props for that gorgeous mane of yours! Did you use rag curls, a curling iron or rollers?

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thanks, lady! It totally does look like separates. I used a curling wand for that hair style. It’s called a reverse conico curling iron. It’s like an upside down, skinny cone attached to a curling iron handle.

  9. EmSewCrazy

    February 12, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Yes yes yes!!! I feel your pain! I too have one dress I’ve been wearing when I’m brave enough to put it on. It’s a heavy knit maxi dress that I can throw a sweater over.
    Your dress is super cute! Love the peter pan collar!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Sounds like a cozy ensemble. 🙂 Thank you!

  10. Sally {thequirkypeach}

    February 12, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    Very cute! Love the belt and the collar especially 🙂

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:27 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  11. Laura

    February 13, 2014 at 3:15 am

    Love your dress. The combination reminds me of the Sugar Plum dress from Lolita patterns. Am inspired to make one like yours!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:29 am

      Oh yeah, that pattern also looks like separates when it isn’t really separates. Fun!

  12. Pootle and Make

    February 13, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Love it. Good call on adding that peter pan collar, it makes your dress extra cute. I’m a big fan of caridgans, wear them every day. Love the cut and colour of your cardi.

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Thanks! Peter pan collars always add a nice element of cuteness. Haha! Yeah, I love pairing cropped cardigans with dresses. This is definitely one of my favorites.

  13. ShanniLoves

    February 13, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Oh I’m ready for spring too! I just heard we are supposed to get more snow tomorrow. Over it!! Cute dress, I have some houndstooth similar to this so this is looking very tempting!!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:32 am

      Ugh! I’m sorry. Boy am I glad that I don’t have to deal with a bunch of snow. You should totally make something with that houndstooth. I can’t wait to see it!

  14. Gjeometry

    February 16, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    This is gorgeous, it definitely deserves it’s fame! Love the hounds tooth. ps, your hair looks great in this photo shoot and especially with the purple cardigan!

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:33 am

      Thanks! Yeah, I love wearing purple right now. It goes really well with red hair.

  15. juanitatortilla

    February 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    Cute dress and collar. LOVE the purple cardigan. I enjoy ogling at Anthropologie stuff but never allowed myself to buy something! I can imagine the impatience for Spring; I, on the other hand, am looking forward to the cooler season! (Have just moved to Australia and as you would know, it’s upside down over here :D)

    1. Becca

      February 25, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Thanks! I’ve worn that cardigan at least four times a week. Ha! I can relate to that. Normally, I snap pictures of things from Anthropologie and save them as inspiration for making things in the future. This was actually the first Anthropologie purchase I’d ever made. I only bought it because it was at a final sale price and I hadn’t bought RTW clothing for most of the year (I normally only buy cardigans and underwear. Haha!). Unfortunately, I’m still developing my knitting skills, so I haven’t gotten to the point where I’m making my sweaters regularly. Hopefully, I’ll be making my own cardigans soon enough.

  16. Trudy Callan

    October 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    I totally love your dress!

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