I wouldn't really call this a DIY, even though I made it myself, as to me DIY seems to suggest altering an old item into something new. This dress was made totally from scratch using a pattern. But "handmade" sounds weird too. I really like shift dresses but I've never found one that fits in the shops as I'm different sizes top and bottom, so I decided to make one myself as I could alter it to my measurements. (I need to let the hem down on this one though, it's on the very edge of decent at the moment, and I'd like to be able to bend down in it!)
It's also nice to know that you have a complete one-off and aren't going to see anyone else wearing the same clothes as you! It was inexpensive too, the pattern, fabric and findings (that means the zip, thread etc) all came to under £12, so it was a lot cheaper than buying something similar (and a lot better quality too!)
I'm part way through making another version of this dress with the same pattern, but in black faux leather and suede, possibly with cap sleeves. I've also bought this vintage 1969 pattern, which is actually for ice skating and cheerleading outfits, but I thought would make some cute dresses.
I bought it from Etsy, which is a great place to look for vintage patterns. I'm still not sure what colour/pattern fabric to go for though, so and advice would be appreciated.