Hot! MTL: Ordinary Happy Moments Dress

Today's MTL comes from Alexandra who wishes for a DIY version of the Ordinary Happy Moments Dress from I received this request this morning and just had to immediately MTL-ize it when I saw the dress print. I immediately knew that the Liberty of London Tana Lawn Umbel in Red/Grey would be perfect! At $28/yard at, it's not cheap. Two yards at $28 makes the dress a reasonable $56 — still far cheaper than the $182.99 price tag.


Original Inspiration



  • The original dress from modcloth has buttons running down the front. With the lightweight lawn fabric, I wanted to choose a pattern that stays true to the style but will be easier to construct. If you wish, you could add faux buttons to the bodice for a similar look.
  • Add a belt using the Liberty fabric that ties in the front.
  • If you're into extra work, make a gathered strip of fabric as trim for the bodice (you'll insert it between the dress and the lining before you attach the straps.


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 adore this MTL! I’ve always liked that liberty print but couldn’t envisage a garment for it.

  2. Love this one !

  3. I love this one too! And I even have this pattern and have been wanting to try it out. I like the idea of adding the ruffle detail to the bodice.

  4. Thank you so much for featuring my request! I´m off to see where I can purchase that pattern!