My DIY look inspired by Donna from Suits


Hello Darlings!


As a new work week has started, I thought I would use it as an opportunity to speak about DIY office wear.

When I was starting my career and got job in a huge office builing, I quickly understood I would need a new work-oriented wardrobe, as jeans with t-shirts were no longer an acceptable option for day to day basis. I already knew how to sew, so little by little I started building my DIY office wardrobe.

Right about that time, TV series “Suits” started and it instantly became one of my favourite shows to watch: for one thing, as a young adult that recently joined work force, I was captured by career-oriented plot; and secondly, I was mesmerised by an increadible work wardrobe of the main characters, especially Donna Paulsen and Jessica Pearson. Quickly, these two ladies became one of my favourite inspiration sources when it came to office looks and they were great examples on how you can look your best at the office and well put together.

As for this dress, I have been eyeing this pattern from Burda for quite sometime already and finally decided to go for it after seeing a very similar dress on “Suits”. I loved this dress – the pattern was so great and so flattering, definitely a great edition to any office wardrobe!

Pattern used: Burda Style magazine, issue 10/2012, model #118 (you can find this dress online here).

Pattern adjustments: made short sleeves and removed the zipper, but other than that I made the dress as it came in the pattern.

Techniques used: everything was sewn together using only a mock-overlock elastic seam and straight stitch. This dress is very easy to assemble!

Would I recommend this pattern? Yes! I love the cowl neckline, the draping on the side, the flattering fit – this dress is such a great edition to any wardrobe!

Now, let’s see more of this dress:


Hope you liked this review and wish you all nice week!

Best wishes, Julie

© 2019 by SewingJulie. 

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