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!



  1. Hi Diane and thanks!–I used a cotton/lycra knit in heather gray which I purchased at Fishman’s Fabrics ( They don’t have an online store per se, but if you contact them you can describe the fabric and purchase it. The great thing about Fishman’s is that they stock tons of high quality, basic fabrics in lots of colors, it’s my go to place for fine cottons, wools and silks in solid colors.

    Glad you like my dress!

  2. Thanks Rachel!

    Wow, that’s a cute dress. Since I don’t know how to design by draping on a dress form, I’d start with a pattern with a similar neckline and a raglan sleeve. Then I’d pre-pleat the fabric and then sew it up. I’d put a seam at the waist, I don’t know how else you’d pleat the dress in different directions.

    I’d defiantly try it out of some old stashed fabric first!


  3. We would love to feature your finished product on the Fishman’s Fabric’s facebook page where we are starting to feature designers who use our fabrics. Please e-mail us at if you are interested! Your piece is great and we would love a photo of you in the dress for our wall if you wouldn’t mind!

    Thanks so much.

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