Waiting to be sewn are a muslin of the jacket for my niece's wedding(haven't even cut this out), a wearable muslin to test the alteration I made to the pants and a hopefully wearable muslin of the top. Am I sewing any of that? No. I am making a knockoff of this Giambattista Valli dress. I cut the picture out of the NY Times last fall when they were covering the spring 2011 shows. Not only has the clipping been residing on my idea board, I bought the fabrics for it as well. In the newspaper clipping the top of the dress looks red. I bought red, which is fine, but in looking for a picture to post here of the dress I went to Style.com and it is really a bright orange. Well it's my interpretation anyway. I am well past the age where I would wear a skirt that short, so right there it's different. I lengthened the center section which you may well recognize because it's the same cotton knit animal print I used last summer to make that Tom and Linda Platt dress which you can see over on the left. The pattern is Marcy Tiltons V8497 which I used to make a black and white color blocked t when I was knocking off a Celine top. I've never actually made the top the way she designed it but I bought it for the neckline in C which I used for a t shirt and for the kimono sleeve.
Except for the bottom band, it's all cut out and ready to sew. I doubt that this is in a knit which is what I am using, but I could be wrong. I've deepened the neckline because I feel like I'm choking just looking at her. I don't think that I'll cut a facing for the neckline, even though it would look more like this. I think that I'll just use my new favorite technique and bind the neckline. The top and bottom sections are in a ponte knit and all of the fabrics are from Mood. I even ordered this on line. I figure I owe them a bone after I trashed their website.
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