Self Drafted Side Cut Out Dress 2.0

I think we have a winner! I revised my bodice block and the bodice pieces I used for my first version of this dress and now the whole thing fits much better. My first version turned out disappointingly baggy.
I lowered the V in the back and got rid of some annoying gaping here and there. It still has those side cut outs which I like more now that the bodice is more snug.
I also added side seam pockets because every dress needs pockets but often I am too lazy to do it.
This is a light-weight quilting cotton I bought locally at the Cloth Pocket. It’s mint with gold printed dots. Coolest of all – it’s a border print! I love border prints!
I lined the bodice in some scrap white fabric and used a center back invisible zip.
I shortened the skirt by about an inch and a half compared to version 1. I think I like the slightly above the knee look more.
I’m pretty smitten with this dress!


Also, in other important news. I’ve decided to transition my blog from Blogger over to WordPress and the process might get messy. So if you see images not loading or getting weird redirects for the next day or so this is why.

I hope that once everything is fully up and running again I’ll be able to do a lot more with this blog logistically but in the mean time will still be functional but may not.

So to make up for any inconveniences here are some fun gifs that describe my emotional state as I deal with this daunting task…




See you all at WordPress later (I hope)!

  • This dress is amazing. Gorgeous fabric, beautiful fit and those cutouts! Love it.

  • Shannon Phillips

    Beautiful! what awesome fabric!

  • I love the combination of that fabric and your dress! They are perfect πŸ™‚

  • Belgian Seams

    So nice! I might just have to copy your idea and draft a dress with side cut-outs like that!

    Good luck moving to WordPress. I’m thinking of doing the same but also find it quite daunting! If you have any good tips about moving over do share! πŸ™‚

  • Amazing dress – perfect for summer. I’m so inspired πŸ™‚

  • What a gorgeous dress! I love that print, indeed border prints are the
    best. And the fit and cutouts are amazing.

  • Adriane

    If anyone can do it, it’s YOU πŸ™‚

  • lisa g

    I love this dress! The fabric is adorable, and the cutouts are just perfect. Lovely! And fwiw, when I moved from blogspot to wordpress it was an absolute breeze. You just import all your content and it only takes a few minutes. The blogspot content should stay useable here, so you can tinker to your heart’s content until you’re ready to redirect the traffic. Good luck! You’ll love WP, it’s so much better!

  • LOVE! Persevering was totally worth it.

    As for the relocation, you might find this post I wrote a while back helpful:

  • sallieforrer

    This turned out fantastic!!! I’m super impressed with the fit you got on this one! Honestly I thought the last one looked pretty good, but after seeing how well this one fits I can see that the redraft was TOTALLY worth it! That border print makes it all the more special. Good luck with the move – And all your gifs completely illustrate why I just can’t muster the strength to make the same jump myself! Lol! Nope.

  • Anne Lyth

    The dress is absolutely gorgeous. I totally understand why you are in love with it. I want some of that printed cotton!
    good luck with the move. πŸ™‚

  • Great dress! Love the cute-outs and that fabric! and good luck with the migration!

  • Good luck with the migration!! The dress is fabulous, I love the fabric. Such a wonderful summertime dress!

  • OH GOD I WANT THIS FABRIC. And I seriously LOVE this dress. I might one day try and hack some other pattern to having cut-outs like this.

    Oh, and for some reason I feel like this dress would give people an inexplicable urge to tickle you in the cut-outs. It’s like how grandmas just want to pinch cheeks, I feel like someone is just going to be like OMG CUTE DRESS and then tickle your exposed skin. So I really want to know if that happens.

  • This one looks fabulous and I am in love with the fabric and the colour on you is amazing!! (You love super complimentary run-on sentences right?) Good luck with the blog transition – wordpress is pretty cool!

  • Beautiful pattern and the fabric is JUST SO AWESOME!!

  • Allie Massey

    this is a lovely example of great fabric/pattern combination. It looks great!

  • Joanne Roberts

    Version 2 is bloody brilliant! Jo x

  • Kate Carvalho

    Oh wow this dress is amazing! And the fabric – ooh la la!!!

  • So freakin’ pretty. Fabric and pattern match made in heaven!

  • Margo Bergman

    Perfect! Love it!

  • girl. what magic did you use. you made a party ready dressed down understated over the top summer dress. AMAZING. and that necklace is perfect with it!

  • Rebekah Fox

    Awesome dress! I can’t believe you designed and drafted that. WordPress is so versatile. . . The only problem is getting to that stage. Good luck to you and remember to back up files!

  • What an amazing dress!! Make a sell pattern out of it!! It’s really beautiful!!

  • Thanks! It’s almost like I made my own Oona dress πŸ˜‰

  • Thanks! Yeah, I’ve been backing up my blog and moving pics around and saving stuff offline trying to make sure I don’t mess anything up. I’ve got to move almost 500 posts!

  • Thank you, I’m actually working on that right now!

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks! That fabric was calling to me in the store. I had to have it.

  • Thank you! Gotta love some sparkly polka dots!

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks so much! I really love border prints πŸ™‚

  • Thank you!!

  • Thank you and I absolutely love super complimentary run on sentences!

  • YOU SHOULD TOTALLY GO BUY SOME. Susan Katzs was with me and bought some of the same fabric, too. They also have it in a pink colorway.

    And thanks! Thinking about the cut outs as tickle spots just makes me think of John Travolta at this point. o_0

  • Thank ya!!

  • Thanks a bunch!

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks, yes, the tighter fit helps all around, especially with the structure of the cut outs.

    Ugh, I’ve been waiting several days for my domain to transfer over and until then I can’t load up wordpress. Hopefully soon this move will be all over…

  • Thank you so much for that post! I really should have done it years ago but it always seemed so daunting. My permalinks are going to be the biggest hassle since I have like 6 years worth of posts.

  • Ha, thanks! πŸ˜‰

  • Thanks! And good to know it’s not as hard to move as I might imagine. πŸ˜‰

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks a lot!

  • Why, thank ya!

  • Thanks! I’ve been reading various tips here and there on other blogs so maybe once the move is all done I’ll compile some. πŸ™‚

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Love the dress! And no dress is complete with some side pockets. It’s where all my bobby pins and chapsticks end up and then travel to the black hole. Good luck with the switch. We switched from wordpress and squarespace and it wasn’t bad at all. Sending you positive vibes.

  • Amy

    You’re getting me in the mood for summer! Great fit, Dixie. I love the back. Hope your WordPress move is going well, and that I’m commenting in the right spot πŸ˜‰

  • Evelyn Mosley

    Such a beautiful fabric! Reminds me of when I was growing up.. I love your work Dixy. Keep it up!