Hot! The “Oh So Jackie O” Dress Ensemble

Fabric: Heavy Linen, Interfacing – Light for the Dress, Heavy used for the Belt

See & Sew B5547

Pattern: Sew & Sew B5547

Year: 2011

Notions: Zipper, Buttons, Buckle and Thread

Time to Complete: Jacket 4 hours, Dress 6 hours. Note: Edges were serged in construction and the zipper was hand picked. I read about this technique on “Sewaholic”, here is the link

First worn: Tuesday for Work

Wear again? Yes

Total Price: Fabric was gifted from my friend Sandi who was moving. Zipper, Buttons & Buckle $5, Thread I had in my collection. In all $5.

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When I received a free bag of fabrics I immediately cut out 3 projects and their they sat for months. I choose the See & Sew because I wanted to add to my wardrobe for work. My first belt. This project would turn into my “Wiggle Dress” as Gertie from “Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing” would say. I added two medium size buttons instead of one to the jacket. The darts create the shape, great for us curvy girls. I used the thread tacking method my grandmother taught me to get a precise alignment. Here are two pictures to demo the steps below.

Dart Markings

Dart Tie Off

1. Thread tack, knot the wrong sides of the fabric, seperate the pieces and snip the thread on the right side of the fabric. Very helpful when the wrong side of the fabric is not that different in color or texture from the right side of fabric.

2. Line up your markings, stream press the darts and then pull out the threads slightly, sew dart from the widest part to point and leave ample thread to tie off at the point.

3. Tie threads at the point. It eliminates puckers and gives a crisp point to the dart.


"Oh So Jackie O" Dress Back


















"Oh So Jackie O" Dress Back with Jacket





















Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Simply stunning! And thanks so much for the tips, photos and links. That it so helpful and nice. :-)

  2. Love it! It is so Jackie O and you look awesome :D

  3. I am a curvy girl too and have been eyeing this pattern for a while. Now that I see how nice it turns out, I am definitely going to go for it!

    • Hi Jeri, go for it, this dress is so comfortable and pretty quick to put togther. One thing i want to add is a loop with the belt or maybe a snap to hold the tail up. I would love to do another where the jacket is a print and the dress maybe black velvet. I’m telling you, having a weekly challenge is adding to my wardrobe. Share a picture when you complete your version of this dress. Would love to see it.

  4. That is a positively elegant outfit. Fabulous work and what a great colour.

    • Thank you Jen. I do feel great when I wear it and the best compliment I got a co-worker asked where. I got it and did it come in other colors.

  5. Love the matching dress and jacket and you darts look great.

    • Thank you. With these sew weekly challenges I’ve come to realize I love details, that’s my happy place in sewing. Good luck with the next challenge.

  6. Thank you Jen. I do feel great when I wear it and the best compliment I got, was when a co-worker asked where I got it and was it available in other colors.

  7. Great outfit! So polished.

    • Thanks Jennifer. Yeah I really liked the spectator shoes with this outfit. Loved youR skirt and the photo on the train. Made a great photo op.

  8. This is so lovely and well-fitted! Bravo!

  9. Very chic. Your attention to detail in the sewing, made for a very lovely outfit.

    • Thank you Barbara. Yes, I had fun with the details and the whole time I was thinking about my grandmother. She would have really had gotten a kick out “Sew Weekly”.

  10. Gorgeous job, great fit and fabulous colour on you.

  11. Oh thanks Kazz. Absolutely loved your jumpsuit. Can’t wait to see what you do for Valentines!