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 my-wardrobe.com)

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***

42 comments:

  1. That's pretty cool! And for only $8! Sewing skills are definitely great to have! I'm curious to see how you added the length to the tee since I can't tell where the seam (or interruption in the stripes) is. The ruffled bib is probably way beyond my definitely amateur skills with the sewing machine, but I really like the way it looks underneath the blazer. I love it when DIY projects work out!

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  2. You're so talented! And clever too :) I was wondering how the shirt looked so long on you when I got to the part about how you used the 2nd shirt. Love how you paired it with the wedges and nude pumps.

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  3. Oh wow, good job with the DIY! It looks so much like the real thing.

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  4. WOW! You've got talent! I couldn't even tell which was the original and which you DIY! Good job!

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  5. wow.. you really outdid yourself with that diy dress!! :D great blazer and shoes partnered with it!!! gorgeous look overall! :D

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  6. Looks great on you! I think it could be a bit tighter, but overall you are soo talented. I sew too! :)

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  7. Omg! You did such a great job! I really love how it turned out. I wish I had some sewing skills. Beyond tying extra straps here and there, I fail.

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  8. Dang girl, you've got skillz! My little sewing machine is sitting lonely and un-used because I'm too impatient to learn how to sew a straight hem...sigh...maybe this summer will be the summer I finally learn! =)

    PS. I've now got that Beastie Boys song in my head..."She's crafty!"

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  9. fabulous job girl! that dress is one of my favorites. You have got some mad sewing skills!

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  10. That's awesome! I wish I had the patience to learn sewing skills haha. You did a great job on this, it looks super close to the inspiration!

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  11. wow, amazing! i love DIYs :) you're so talented! yeah, please do post the "in process" photos.thank you :) xoxo

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  12. That IS an amazing job. You got the ruffle spot on! I'm especially impressed that I can't tell you lengthened the dress.

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  13. Good job! You're quite handy with that sewing machine. If only I had the talent. And the patience. And the time!

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  14. i would love to see in process photos! you are so talented :D i only sew by hand so the going is slow and crooked but it makes me feel rugged and proud. should really learn your skills someday!

    the ruffles are perfect and i like the look best under your fitted blazer. amazing job!

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  15. ahhhhh amazing! I can't imagine how long this would take me if I tried it... probably days.. -_- but this is seriously amazing! it looks better than the inspiration and it looks great on you paired with all those cute nude accessories :)

    <3jimin

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  16. It looks PROFESSIONAL girl...I would love to see how you made it :) You have major talent...and you saved yourself A TON. It looks fabulous - major props!

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  17. omg you are crafty! i got a sewing machine as a present years ago and i haven't even opened the box. you did a great job and it looks very professionally done.

    btw its such a coincidence...i just bought a juicy nautical t-shirt with ruffleson the sleeves and its the exact color as your dress. i need to get it altered though :(

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  18. WOW it looks awesome! Nice job :)

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  19. This is just so gorgeous. I'm a little inspired myself...but afraid of the sewing machine!

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  20. PAG you are so amazingly talented! I absolutely LOVE this post, b/c you replicated a super (overpriced IMO) expensive piece, and I think it looks better than the Chloe!!!

    I get so annoyed when ppl equate brand name and expensive price tag with "it must look good" or "well made". I've seen many many cheap material pieces (hello acrylic and polyester) made by high end designers.

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  21. Beautiful project. I can barely sew a straight line the last time when I tried using the sewing machine heh.

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  22. This is so cool! You are so creative! Great job! I liked how you made the dress longer. It looks so comfy!

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  23. This is such a great idea! ^^ You look so pretty in that dress!

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  24. You did a great job and I I think it looks even better than the Chloe! The white piping on the neckline and centre part of the ruffle piece really stands out and gives it a more marine feel to dress overall.

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  25. What an awesome DIY project! The t-shirt looks so much better after your improvements. You can barely tell where you added the length and the bib looks seamless. I would love to see some in-process photos to see how you made the bib.

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  26. That is some MAD skillz! Process pictures please! I couldn't sew if my life depended on it. I cannot even see where you added the extra inches on. Lovely dress to pick to make :)

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  27. i would love to see those "in process" pictures!! :)

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  28. Wow! That's amazing!

    Please show us some photo's of how you did this, though, I'm not sure I could even cut a straight line - I will try, if there is a minute chance my project could even come close :)

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  29. i just came across this blog and i am in love. thank you for posting all these great finds for petite girls. i'm so happy to know i'm not the only one!

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  30. This is so creative of you! How did you get the nice white piping or border for the ruffles in the middle?

    My mom used to design/make bridal gowns and the closest i got to a DIY thing was when I cut up my mom's most expensive lace to make myself a veil =X I was 6 and she was NOT happy haha

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  31. Love how you paired with the nude jacket. Good job!

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  32. WOW THIS IS AMAZING! I can't believe you did it yourself, I think it looks better than the Chloe, and practically identical.

    LOVE those BCBG wedges like crazy, I wish they were still available!! I need those!!!

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  33. Oh wow. You did such a good job! Have you thought about adding some elastic to the sleeves to get a gathered effect? Either way, it's very cute. Perfect for summer. Good job!!!

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  34. I wish I was this talented. If I could do this, I'd buy plain shirts for now on & make designs on it lol. You paired it with nice shoes as well =]

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  35. I LOVE THIS! You are so talented. Your DIY looks amazing! You could've labeled that dress as See by Chloe and I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference! I love those ankle strap wedges from BCBG as well.

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  36. omg..it looks fabulous! plz post process on how u made the beautiful dress. i would love to try to make one like urs. or can u make one for us? hee hee.

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  37. cute...that's good that u can sew.. i wish i could :(

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  38. Holy smokes, this is the best DIY I've seen so far! They look so much alike :D I'll try this at home for sure! Now off I'm go to your next post for the instructions ;)

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  39. I know I'm really late, but you are a lady after my own diy heart :) Simple + stunning on ya. But who can really argue with ruffles + stripes?

    Nice work + lovely blog!

    xo,
    raven

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  40. OH now I really want to make one for myself..

    Just Better Together

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