If like me, you need to refresh your Autumn/Fall 2020 wardrobe with some stylish quick makes, this dress is it. It’s made from the most beautiful Liberty lawn cotton in berry pink and it’s on trend with statement sleeves and a folky twist.

I absolutely enjoyed making this dress hack from blouse pattern New Look 6471. Today, I’m sharing my four simple steps to make a dreamy Boho dress in two evenings.

What is not to love about this style? The gathered neckline of the blouse pattern and the beautiful full sleeves are shouting turn me into a dress! The pattern has both a long and short sleeve option and a pussy cat bow collar option too if you want to make this very classy blouse. New Look 6471 is a great pattern for a wardrobe staple. But I wanted to convert it into a dress…

With only an extra half a metre more of fabric than the pattern requirements, I turned my blouse into a dress that’s going to be great for the change of season.

When cutting out the front and back bodice I extended the line of the bodice by 13 inches and created a new hem. This would make my dress sit on my knee, I’m 5 foot 6 inches and I could have extended it further by another 5 inches for that really long folk/ boho length!

I cut out a size 12 and extended the sleeves by a few inches to get more fabric into the sleeve. I’m so happy with the result -statement sleeves and a great fit on the bodice.

The neckline is simple with raglan sleeves and gathers at the front and on both back pieces. I changed the pattern notion for a ribbon closure to give my dress a folky look.

Once I’d made the dress, I felt that it needed a belt to create a shape. After trying on different belts from my wardrobe, I decided to make one with my spare fabric. This is a two inch deep belt and I love the self colour belt to finish off the look.

How could I leave it this long in the post to talk about this gorgeous fabric? I chose this Liberty print as it said Autumn to me with it’s berry tones and small repeat print. It’s delicate enough to wear on early Autumn days and also goes so well with boots for those cooler days. I wore it with a full under slip under this evening and the Liberty fabric still was so floaty and didn’t stick to the slip.

It stitched up like a dream and irons so easy too. If you haven’t stitched with Liberty before, it really is a great experience. The weave gives the dress a beautiful sheen and it just feels so gorgeous to wear.

Pattern Summary 

Pattern - New Look 6471

Fabric - Liberty Lawn 2m

Time to sew - 2 evenings

Level - Easy

Needle used - Standard 80

Changes to pattern -

Lengthened the pattern by 13inches

Lengthened the sleeves by 2 inches

Added a 2 inches deep belt

Added a ribbon tie at the back closing

What would I change if I stitched it again? - I would add ties for a bow fastening to the cuffs too!

Thank-you Minerva, I feel so spoiled to wear this dress. It’s so versatile to wear, I don’t need an excuse to wear it. I can see many more being sewed this Autumn from my sewing room.

What twist would you make to this dress? I hope I’ve inspired you to have a go and a make a dress with a few simple hacks to create a unique garment for the season.

Samantha writes a creative craft blog www.crafternoonteas.com and hosts Crafternoon Tea Parties and Events www.crafternoonteahostess.co.uk in the Midlands and beyond.