Project MyWay #13–Ella Moss Knock-off Dress

It’s time to stop dreaming and get sewing! The first project on my list is a season spanning dress. I liked both of these designs from Ella Moss’ Fall 2007 so I combined them into a dress I know I’ll wear a ton–with a scarf and cami now and later with black tights, booties and a black leather jacket.

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I started with Butterick 5084 and made a few simple changes.


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I started with View A and changed the wrap bodice to a V-neck bodice. Then I added a set-in empire waist (it looks like it has a set-in waist in the picture on the pattern envelope, but that is really a flap of fabric sewn into the waist seam). I added 2″ to the center front and back of the skirt for some gathering and I lengthened the skirt into a dress. I used the fuller sleeve from View B, shortening it to bracelet length and added a cuff . Not to difficult! Here it is step by step:

  • To create the v-neck from the wrap style, all I did was cut the pattern off at the center front and cut the upper front piece and front band  piece on the fold

  • To create a set-in waist, I cut off 2″ from the top of the lower front and lower back pieces and added seam allowances to the cut edges

  • Here is the sleeve after I shortened it to bracelet length:


Sewing Instructions

  1. Constructed the front band and back neck facing according to the pattern instuctions and follow the pattern instructions through step 17
  2. Stitch the waistband front to waistband back at the side seams 
  3. Sew the front and back skirt pieces at the side seams
  4. Sew the bodice to the waist band in one continuous seam
  5. Sew the skirt to the waist band in one continuous seam

Feel free to ask questions–and remember–there is no such thing as a stupid question!