Silver Stripes

A month or so ago, I saw Leanne at church and she was wearing this fabulous striped dress. I asked her where she got it, and when she told me she’d made it I was simultaneously impressed and not at all surprised. Of course she had made it, and of course it was amazing.

I thought about that dress all week — I’m not kidding. Finally I’d had enough, so I jumped on and bought myself some darling silver and ivory striped fabric. Then it took all the self control I had to NOT make that dress when I was supposed to be painting. I held strong…are you impressed? I am.

I think I waited a total of 24 hours after my art show was over before I started on this dress. I spent nearly the whole day on it since I had many interruptions in the form of a tiny boy handing me books and signing ” please read.” Of course I didn’t mind.

The dress was finally finished around eleven pm so these pictures are anything but well lit. But the show must go on.

As you might notice from her post, Leanne made up her pattern completely. So that meant I had to make up my pattern completely. Fortunately, with a few helpful tips from Leanne, it turned out exactly how I envisioned. I. LOVE. IT.

I’m already working on a second one in an awesome dark green fabric that has been sitting in my fabric box for almost two years. Thanks for the inspiration, Leanne!



  1. Oh my gosh it is GORGEOUS!!! TALENT!!! I cant wai for the tutorial I'd love to have a dress like this:) it looks incredible!!!

  2. Rachel says:

    I loooove it and I can't wait for the tutorial!

  3. Chelsea says:

    of COURSE you made that super cute dress– you are so talented Miss Merk! I would have never guessed that you made that. Super cute!!!

  4. Can you just make/design my entire wardrobe please? Especially now with this big belly in the way I can't make anything look good! That is such a cute dress, I'm sooo impressed you made up your own pattern!

  5. Leanne says:

    aagh! I LOVE it! The silver stripes are awesome. I'm sorry I couldn't give you more direction than "um…I used an old dress as a pattern?" I'm sure your tut will be much better than than 🙂 You look smashing.

  6. Kayla says:

    Wow, I LOVE it. Very nicely done!

    Freckles in April

  7. Packrat says:

    The dress is so cute! I'm impressed.

  8. OH MY CRAP. Are you kidding me???!!! I can't believe how amazing this is! Can I pay you like $100 or something to make me one??! 😉

  9. Marie says:

    I am seriously so impressed. Gorgeous – both you and the dress 🙂

  10. Did you ever make a tutorial for this dress? Cause I would seriously LOVE one. Thanks!

  11. Did you ever end up making a second dress? I would also LOVE a tutorial!!!

  12. Katie says:

    I LOVE this! Just found a picture of this on pinterest. Did you every make a tutorial for this dress? I'd LOVE to see it! You are so talented!

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