Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Dress

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 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.


  1. I like the inspiration picture. I am keen to see how yours comes out. It's a nice idea, easy to wear and easy to dress up or down.

  2. This dress is very similar to the Ice Cream Dress by Oliver + S (a kid's pattern). I never thought to make it for an adult. Hmmmm. I could match my three kids. Is that really corny?

  3. Cool dress! I'd have to belt the middle to avoid looking like a block though. I'm too curvy for such blunt lines.