Camouflage Dress

PicMonkey Collage

A couple of weeks ago I had the honor of attending ALT Summit.  For those of you who are unfamiliar, Alt Summit is a business conference for creative bloggers and brands to connect in a real life setting. With classes, parties, and more, Alt inspires brilliance with everything it does. Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores sponsored my Alt Summit ticket, so that I might have the opportunity to bring that experience to life for you. You can find my recap post here. 

Alt Summit is known for it’s themed parties, and this year’s theme was GREEN. 

Make this Look: Camouflage Dress

The Camouflage Dress

I decided to be a little tongue-in-cheek with my look, and make a ‘fancy’ camouflage dress. After all, camo seems to be everywhere lately, and can certainly be a cool look on the right trendy button-up. I knew before I started that I wanted a classic dress pattern, and used the BurdaStyle Princess Dress. I happen to love Burda Patterns, having learned how to sew on them, but there are a few things you need to know if you have never worked with one before.

  1. They do not come with seam allowances.
  2. The instructions are minimal.
  3. Which means you basically already need to know how to sew the pattern, without any guidance.

That being said, I love the fit of Burda patterns and swear by them.

The fabric was found at my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. It is a fabulous silky soft apparel camouflage fabric, that has a very slight glitter sheen running through it.  Although I was unable to find the exact replica in their on-line store, a comparable one can be found here.


As usual, I made some alterations to the pattern to suit my needs. When working with a fabric that has such a bold design element, less is more. I decided to really crop it short, turning it into a mini-dress. I love how that turned out, it made the dress FUN. Furthermore, I added a bold black stripe along the bottom edge, to give it a bit more edge, and cropped the sleeves.  And lastly, I used a bold black and gold jacket zipper and kept it exposed along the back bodice seam (not shown).


I am surprised by how much I love this dress. What I thought would be a campy project worn only once to the Alt Summit Green party, is now a dress that I cannot wait to wear again to the right occasion.  I can totally picture this on any teenager, young adult, trendy woman, or army wife.

Paired with the right jewelry, this outfit simply came alive. Here is what I wore…

Paired with black leggings and heels, I felt like a rock star.

I swear, there is nothing quite like wearing your handmade items to a party. That feeling of being able to say, ‘Thanks, I made it’ gives you such a sense of pride.




So tell me. what are you sewing for yourself lately?

I would like to thank Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for sponsoring my ticket to Alt Summit. It was truly inspiring. All opinions and statements are 100% my own.

As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

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Jess Abbott the Sewing Rabbit is the founder and creative director behind the me sew crazy blog, as well as, 5 & 10 Designs, GNO Events, and co-editor of STYLO. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and 3 children.
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    • says

      Thanks so much Maddie! It took me along time to be ok with wearing handmade, knowing the random ‘flaws’ my outfit had. But now I LOVE it, flaws and all. I love knowing that yes—I MADE THIS. And then I totally rock it out. :)

    • says

      Thank you so much Sophie!! I definitely think it has a fabulous mix between the funky or masculine, and feminine. One of my fave creations I have made for myself so far :)

  1. says

    I love this dress and it looks so great on you!! Handmade clothes are the best – I’m finding myself wanting to wear my handmade clothes the majority of the time instead of my RTW clothes.

  2. Sara says

    I love it! And think it also works for where you live, with all the military, I’m sure you can rock it wherever and get lots of compliments!

    • says

      So so so true!!! I already know this would be such a hit with my friends. Talk about a niche market! If I enjoyed making custom clothing for people, I would be all over this :).

  3. says

    I just finished a black dress from my favorite pattern. And there really is such a sense of pride and accomplishment with the “Thanks! I made it myself.” I am not usually the biggest fan of camo, but I must say, the dress you made is very attractive and looks very nice (and fun) on you.

  4. says

    I have always had a soft spot for camoflage–camo bathing suit in high school, pants in college. I love love this fabric! And you nailed the look. So fabulous!

    • says

      A camo bathing suit would be AWESOME!!! I kind of want one NOW. Maybe in one of those more flattering I-have-had-3-kids wrap around front style. hahahah – but now you’ve got me thinking….. :)

  5. tara says

    I really like it! Good call on cropping it. That totally made it more fun with the print. A whole long, full skirt of camo might not have been as cute. I haven’t sewn with any burda patterns yet, but there are some I pinned a while ago for kids sewing. A really great blazer included!

    • says

      I figured you either needed to crop it – or go full out MAXI and rock it like its 1999. But none of that in-between tea length crap. Lol – Go bold or go home. Lol – thanks so much for being so awesome and leaving a comment!

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