Hot! The “Sort-Of Socialite” Dress

The Facts
Clip-dot chiffon from’s Christmas sale ~$2, black “Silky Satin” ~$3 and black chiffon ~$3 from Jo-anns
Pattern: Butterick 5450 and the shoulders and bust of this free pattern from Hot Patterns
Year: 2007
Notions: 14″ zipper ~$2
Time to complete: ~20 hours (2 seasons of Big Bang Theory, 4 episodes of Star Trek: TNG)
First worn: For the pics, but I plan to wear it at a fancy work event next week
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$12

When Mena first posted this MTL I thought it was a cute dress, and then I noticed the fabric she suggested and almost died! I bought two clip-dot chiffon tops from H&M in 2010 and wear at least one of them every week, and this fabric matches them almost exactly (the clipped threads are slightly more shiny). I bought a lot of yardage not knowing what I was going to do with it. When this theme challenge came up I knew I had to use a little bit and actually make this dress (who couldn’t use another LBD?) I still have enough clip-dot fabric left over to make at least a skirt and blouse.

It was super hard to capture the detail in the photos so here’s a boring hanger-shot. I think it’s a good imitation of the original. Getting the chiffon overlay and main dress to properly sit together with the zipper was a little difficult. There is some puckering around the zip but probably no one will notice except me. Other than that it fits like a dream so that always makes me feel good. I’ll definitely get some use out of this dress.



Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.


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  1. Well done Liz, working with chiffon is a tad tricky, it looks like you challenged it and won.

  2. Super adorbs! The fabric is very cute!

  3. Very cute! Great job tackling the chiffon!

  4. Looks lovely! I really like that MTL too.

  5. lovely lovely lovely

  6. Great fabric. Love the look. Glad you include the hanger shot.