Hot! Make This Look: Salty & Pepper Dress

If you're like me and a bit of a sewing addict, you probably can't see off-the-rack clothing without thinking "how can I make that?" I figured I might as well bring that obsession to The Sew Weekly with a new feature: Make this Look. Today's look is the out-of-stock Salty & Pepper dress from


Original Inspiration



  • Skip the black midriff piece and instead make or purchase a wide black belt.
  • If you add the ruffles to the bottom, do so before pleating the skirt.
  • Add a faux placket to the center bodice piece before attaching the skirt and collar. Then attach the buttons as a last step.


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. I love this! I play this game all the time when I go shopping.

  2. This is a great idea for a regular feature! Thanks so much!!!

  3. Love! I’ve started thinking like that when I go shopping. I try not to buy anything unless I can’t make it (like a nice tailored jacket or something) or if it is the most amazing special print that I just love too much and know that I’ll never find anything like it. A black gingham dress, however, is totally do able.

  4. Fantastic feature, love it!

  5. Haha funny you should post this. I was looking to recreate this look, and I found a pattern and bought some gingham already!

  6. I agree with Melissa – this would be a great regular feature! It’s useful even for those of us who’d probably never wear this particular style, since it improves our eye.

  7. Oh yes, I play this game too whenever looking at magazines or catalogs. And I spend waaaaay too much time daydreaming at the ModCloth web site. That BurdaStyle pattern will be perfect for recreating this dress. Can’t wait to see your results!

  8. Wow, I really might to this, I like this so much!!! Thank you, Mena!

  9. I actually play this when I watch movies. I get lots of ideas sometimes a whole outfit or just a part of an outfit or just an embelishment. Thank you for the great ideas!

  10. I hope you do make this a regular feature! I do have to confess to doing this as well, though Anthropolgie is most often my drug of choice.

  11. I love this new feature! I’m always guilty of going window shopping just to get ideas for clothing that I can rip-off and make myself.
    This dress is a wonderful one. I love the look of the ModCloth example and it is much more inspirational (I think) than the one made for the Burda photos, which lacked a nice waist definition.
    I’m looking forward to more of these posts!