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OUTFIT DETAILS: DRESS (made by me, tutorial below)  ||  HEELS  ||  BAG  ||  BANDANA  ||  NECKLACE

Fall style this year is going to be full of rich textiles, and suede and velvet are two of the big ones. I picked up this rust colored faux suede a few weeks ago and knew I wanted to make a dress out of it.

I whipped this one up right before I left for New York Fashion Week and then styled it with a cute bandana neck scarf and some killer studded heels. I wore it on my first day of fashion week to the Rebecca Minkoff show, and although it was crazy hot and we were running around full speed, I felt so chic without being over the top.

I’ll be styling this dress during the winter with a leather jacket, ankle boots, or anything burgundy. I also want to try it out with a pair of sneakers (of course, my trusty keds!)

Click READ MORE below to find the full tutorial, or click right here!

Materials Needed:
1 1/2 – 2 yards suede (I used this faux suede from
matching thread

Cut your pattern pieces first. You’ll need a dress FRONT and BACK, both cut at the bust, 2 SLEEVES, and 2 NECKLINE LINING pieces.

Step 1. Take your DRESS FRONT and cut it in half a few inches below the bust.

Step 2.  With right sides together, sew the two pieces back together with a straight stitch.

Step 3. Next, take the FRONT and BACK pieces and, with right sides together, sew them together at the shoulders. 
Step 4. Now attach the sleeves. Line up the top of the SLEEVE with the shoulder seam of the dress (right sides together), and then pin them together, Then sew a straight stitch along the sleeve, attaching it to the dress. Repeat for the second sleeve. 
Step 5. Once both sleeves are attached, sew the FRONT and BACK (right sides together) together from the end of the sleeve to the bottom of the dress.
Step 6. Take your two NECKLINE LINING pieces and, with right sides together, sew them together at the ends. They should now form a circle (except one side is pointed). 
Step 7. Place the NECKLINE LINING on the dress with right sides together, matching up the side seams of the LINING with the shoulder seams of the dress. Then streeeetch the LINING and pin it in place evenly along the dress neckline. Sew around the entire neckline with a straight stitch. Then trim the seam allowance and tuck the LINING inside the dress and iron in place. 
Step 8. Try on the dress and determine your desired sleeve and dress length, then hem. I didn’t want a seam around my neckline, so I tucked the lining inside and pressed it really well, and then sewed over the shoulder seams, securing the lining in place. 
And you’re done!


photos by jordan zobrist


  1. Carmen says:

    Hello Merrick, this color is gorgeous! What about the lining? I’ve always believed that the suede requires lining.

  2. Lyddiegal says:

    I love the rich color you chose, and this dress came out just fabulous!

  3. Natali says:

    Wow! You always leave me speechless with your DIYs !! This dress is fantastic!

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