Midi Dress Styling Part II: Casual Looks

We are continuing our ‘One Handmade Staple, Four Stylish Looks‘ blog series by sharing the next two of the four ways I styled my Black Midi Dress!  As I mentioned in Part I (yesterday’s smart casual post), I used the Seamwork Lane as a base for my MBD (aka Midi Black Dress), and paired it with a black rayon knit from KnitpopSeamwork,  KnitpopItch to Stitch and Patterns for Pirates are all sponsoring giveaways this week to celebrate with us (we just hit 3,000 followers on Instagram and over 1,500 members in our facebook group).  Make sure to read to the end to learn how to enter.  Let’s dive into the second two casual looks, shall we?

The Base: MBD (“midi-black-dress”)

I’ve now shared some pictures of this Seamwork Lane dress made with Knitpop fabric for the last two days, but I will share one more as a reminder of the base MBD that I started with:

    Casual Look 1:

    For this first casual look, I paired the midi dress with the Sew House 7 Toaster Sweater.  Sew House 7 has two versions available on her site, as well as a version through Simplicity Patterns.  My version is Simplicity 8529.  I originally wrote a full pattern review of my Toaster Sweater here.

      I paired both of my casual versions with Keds because I just think they are so darn cute!

        The fabric is a off white and black staggered stripe stretch ponte de roma from Cali Fabrics and is really structured.  It’s such a lovely contrast to the drapey knit midi dress.  I had to play around a bit with the front of the sweater to get it to play nice with the waist tie.  But such a small price to pay for such a lovely outcome.

              Casual Look 2:

              For this second casual look, I paired the midi dress with a gingham Grainline Archer.

                I can’t tell if it ACTUALLY goes with the Maroon hat – but once you put that hat on hair like mine — the hat hair is REAL! So, I just went for it.

                    This shirt is just so special to me.  Not only is it gingham (hello – one of my FAVORITE prints EVER), but it was also made and gifted from my sewing bestie – Katie!  Second-hand handmades for the win!

                      Round up of All Four Looks

                      So – what do you think?  Any preliminary favorites?  Any patterns on your must sew list?

                              Giveaway details

                              Ok – onto the Giveaway for today! (Remember – you can review the whole schedule in this post from Sunday)

                              Head over to our Instagram profile and answer the prompt there.


                              While you are at it, consider turning on your notifications (top right corner of our profile) so that you can make sure you notified of our posts whenever they go live!


                              Share this:


                              Sew Altered Style
                              Leave a Reply

                              ;-) :| :x :twisted: :smile: :shock: :sad: :roll: :razz: :oops: :o :mrgreen: :lol: :idea: :grin: :evil: :cry: :cool: :arrow: :???: :?: :!: