Hot! Make This Look: Night-and-Day Dress

Ok, I love this new feature!

While I'm fairly competent at seeing the potential of all sorts of vintage patterns, I seriously can't look past the hideousness of styling on modern patterns. I have some sort of blindness that causes me to flip past almost all dresses in Butterick, Simplicity, McCall's and Vogue catalogs. I realized that by doing Make This Look, I'm forcing myself to really look at a pattern for its bones. And that's a good thing. Here's today's MTL, a combination that I'm almost certain I'm going to make for myself.



Original Inspiration



  • To make the ruffle at the bottom, modify the skirt pattern to be about 8-10" shorter. Cut a piece of fabric that is about 8-10" X 2x(width of finished skirt). You will probably have to piece together two pieces of fabric. Gather the ruffle and attach to the skirt bottom.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. OMG!!!! I love this. The Anthropologie catalog has become my new “pattern book”. I am constantly looking through imagining how to recreate a version of this or modify a version of that. A lot of their stuff is vintage inspired too which is why I love it so.
    This is awesome!!!!

  2. The original also has a ruffle across the front bodice (because of the black, you have to use the magnifier tool on the site to see it). That would be fairly easy to topstitch on after the bodice was constructed, but before it was attached to the skirt.

  3. Fabulous feature Mena! I love it!!!

  4. margueritedesigns

    I think this MTL feature is going to be a winner – so inspiring.

  5. have i mentioned that, I LOVE your blog !!! (singing …Oh,Ya).
    Thanks for all the wonderful tutorials and MTL’s

  6. Super new feature! I hope to see it continue! thanks!

  7. You have to love the style over at Anthropologie :) And it *is* a great new feature :)

  8. Love this feature idea! I’m always looking for fabrics and patterns to use to recreate an ready to wear piece I find.

  9. I have this dress in my to copy file too! Thanks so much for doing the legwork of finding a pattern to start from! This is a great feature. Can’t wait to see what else you come up with.

  10. What a beautiful dress! I am new to reading your blog and it has got me very inspired! Love it!

  11. This is a really good idea! Taking dress inspirations and finding pattern for them. However, with this pattern I have one word of caution-make a muslin. I did not when I made this dress and I could barely zip it up over my bust. However, for the small busted out there this would be a great pattern. It is very cute.