BLUE DREAMSICLE

photos by sara walk
Here’s a happy story for your Tuesday morning. Embroidered dresses are flooding the internet like crazy, right? Well, I’m completely obsessed with every one of them. I can’t get enough. So a few months ago I pinned this image of a gorgeous embroidered blue dress, and since I couldn’t find a dress source, I decided to just make one. There was basically zero chance that I ever would find a fabric similar to it, but I’m a crazy optimist. So, you know…I held out hope. And then, not two weeks later, I walked into Old Navy and this blue embroidered beauty was hanging on the rack — the dress gods were clearly on my side. It was a little short for me, so I sized up three sizes to make it knee length, and then used this tutorial to resize the sleeves and shoulders to fit. And now my embroidered dress dreams have come true. 
Sadly this dress is out of stock at Old Navy, but I’ve rounded up a couple of my favorite sort of similar embroidered dresses below! Click the images below to shop them!
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old navy dress (sold out, similar here and here) (refashioned using this tutorial)
kate spade watch (similar)
old navy sunglasses (similar)
necklace c/o lisa leonard 

24 Comments

  1. Natali says:

    Beautiful dress, I like it a lot and you look so pretty in it!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  2. Christina Storm says:

    LOVE that dress and that bag! Looks gorgeous on you!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

  3. simplesallymae says:

    the original is an anthropologie dress from, I think, 2 seasons ago! 🙂

  4. jaela says:

    Cute dress. I love the print

  5. That’s my favorite color blue. Its a beautiful dress. I like the oversized bottom with the fitted look on top.

  6. Agi says:

    Great dress. Loving it with those heels and purse. Great outfit.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

  7. Sarah Polk says:

    I’ve been following your blog for a couple years and have been totally jealous of your sewing/creativity skills. I just got my hands on a used sewing machine and was wondering if you had any recommendations for beginner’s projects?

    http://www.thepolkfolk.blogspot.com

    • Merrick says:

      Don’t go super cheap, and make sure you go with a good brand (janome, singer, brother, etc). Also, read the reviews — those are always really helpful! Good luck!

  8. Beautiful! I love the way you matched the bag!

  9. Shira says:

    You look gorgeous in this dress! I tried it on but had the opposite problem haha! I’m so short so the length was too long on me and it looked like a bag on me. Oh well, I’ll through you- you look gorgeous in it!

    http://asequinloveaffair.com

  10. Mads | Its a Mads Mads World says:

    Gorgeous outfit ! I always love that shade of blue

    Madeline | Its a Mads Mads World

  11. Lindsey @ BlushandBacon.com says:

    You are killing it with all the cobalt blue lately! I love it and can’t get enough of it either. Love your style and blog!

  12. Meg says:

    Lovely dress and you look fab
    Meg
    http://Www.snazzybellanista.com

  13. Roxanne Oudie says:

    Lovely dress, sandals and purse!!!!!!!

  14. 204park says:

    This dress and bag are meant to be together! I love this cut for work or casual days.

    xoxo, Kali

    http://www.204park.com

  15. I love this outfit, my favourite part is definitely the shoes, and all the blue

    http://emicphany.blogspot.ca

  16. Renee Moehn says:

    Those shoes!!!

  17. sandyalamode says:

    i just went into old navy the other day! how did i miss that gorgeous dress!?

    xo,
    Sandy
    Sandy a la Mode

  18. Amara says:

    I am very jealous of you sewing skills! And I love the shoes, they are so edgy but gorgeous!

  19. Rona L says:

    I also sized up with this dress, but have been too afraid to resize. Thanks for the tutorial link, maybe I’ll tackle mine this weekend?! Did you separate the lining or did you stitch everything together?

    http://www.teachlovecraft.com

    • Merrick says:

      I separated it all. Just unpick the sleeves and the sides of the dress, and then resize all the pieces and sew them back together. Although I’ve definitely resized pieces and sewn the lining and fabric together because it’s quicker and doesn’t make THAT much of a difference in the end result. So no judgement here if you decide to do that 😉 Hope that helps!

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