Polka-Dot & Floral Designer Inspired Fabric

Hello everyone,

Welcome to Thread It Thursday!!!

Today’s post is inspired by Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana. I am in love with their use of Polka-Dot & Floral Print fabric.


Oscar de la Renta

Photo c/o Pinterest



Dolce & Gabbana

Photo c/o Pinterest

So I had to add this print into my wardrobe in some way. I found the perfect fabric online. Which let me know that this was meant to be.

I knew that I wanted a maxi dress…..or so I thought…lol.

For this project, I used Simplicity Pattern 2638 for the skirt and for the bodice I use a YouTube video with a few alterations.  I will get more into that in a minute.

For the fabric, I used 3 yards of Challis.  It is rayon, lightweight and flowy, which works perfectly for a maxi.


I ended up making separates instead of a maxi dress. This option allows me to wear the top with other thing’s and pair the skirt with other tops.

Now let’s get into the how to’s…..

As mentioned prior for the skirt I used Simplicity Pattern 2638 with the following adjustments.

Cut out 4 skirt panel pieces instead of 3 so that it would be very flowy.

Next I did a simple elastic casing at the waist.

For the top/bodice portion, I used the following YouTube video with a few adjustments. (* This video will also show you how to make this into a maxi dress)

Measured from shoulder to belly +2.5″

Next measure your bust + 3.5″ ÷ 4

I omitted the gathering at the shoulder’s

Finally, I finished the hem with by folding over 1/2″ and then again 1/2″ and sewing around.

I really enjoyed this project and happy that I was able to find and polka-dot and floral print that I love.


Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by, I greatly appreciate it.

Until Next Time,



19 thoughts on “Polka-Dot & Floral Designer Inspired Fabric

  1. This is really cool! I have always wanted to learn how to sew. I have a sewing machine but it’s quite old and I don’t know where to begin. Any suggestions for a beginner? Thanks!

    • Thank you Malaika!!! How much of a beginner are you, if you don’t mind me asking??? Are you familiar with how to use your machine? You can feel free to email me if you like, my info is listed under my contact page. I am happy to help.

  2. Hiya,

    Wow! This is stunning, you did great!!! This project is so glamourous, and it could be dressed up or down depending on the choice of shoes and make-up. I can even imagine it paired with a pretty, floppy hat.

    You are talented at making separates that look like one-piece dresses, you almost fooled me again, XD. It’s nice how you can mix and match both pieces with other items in your wardrobe.

    Your choice of fabric is delightful too, You’ve opened my eyes to the beauty of polka dots. Asides from my african wax fabrics, I have a very boring habit of choosing solid colours over prints when purchasing fabric. Prints definitely make things interesting 😀

    Have a beautiful week!

    • Thank you! I love waxed African prints. So vibrant and lively. I just realized, I rarely buy solid fabric. I just get drawn in by the prints every time. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!!

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