Petite Lookbook: DIY Inspired Nautical Dress

A few weeks ago, I fell in love with a See by Chloe dress worn by Tiffany at I-am-stylish. It was a short-sleeved shift dress with nautical stripes and feminine ruffles…simple, but perfect. The price however was a bit outside my budget. Inspired, I dusted off my sewing machine and set out to create a DIY version.

Dress: DIY from H&M; sz 2 tees
Ankle-Strap Wedges: BCBG 5.5
Bangles: H&M; sz XS/S w/2.5″ diameter

Above Left: The inspiration – See by Chloe nautical dress, $267 (photo credit

Above Right: “Before” shot of my raw material. Bought two of these oversized 100% cotton tees at H&M; for a grand total of $8. I tried on numerous striped tees before finding these perfectly airy and lightweight ones.

 This dress is so easy to wear under cardigans or blazers. Khaki jacket: Theory sz 00
Also goes well with my nude pumps from Target, sz 5.5 (sold here – now on sale!)
The back (I love the slouchy fit for hot summer days), and ruffle detailing:

All I did was use the second tee to make a ruffled bib, as well as add a few inches of length to the original tee shirt. Since I haven’t sewn for years, I had several trial-and-errors on what should have been a simple project. Overall, though, I was quite pleased with the results…so the time spent was worth it!

***Addendum – posted step by step pics here***