Sunday, February 1, 2009

Translation from designer

I spied the See by Chloe dress above at Nordstrom.com a few seasons ago. Although I'm not completely in love with the droopy shape of it, I did really take a liking to the colors. After contemplating the image for some time, I figured this would be fairly easy to simulate at home.

I chose my new favorite pattern: New Look 6824 (which I also used to make this dress), and chose the collarless, sleeveless, full skirted combination. I fussed with the cutting a bit to shorten the skirt and add several inches of black fabric to the hem. I'm not sure if it was my creative cutting, or a flaw in the pattern, but I ended up having a lot of triangles that didn't match up. It all worked out pretty well in the end, though, and I'm pretty happy with the way it looks.

Apologies for my shoddy ironing job before modeling for the photos. I think the various wrinkles and creases will come out with a bit of TLC.

20 comments:

elisejill said...

I just saw your blog for the first time - linked from Wardrobe Refashion - I love this dress! Very simple and classic, yet modern. You could be on The Sartorialist :) Keep up the beautiful work...

Elise
http://yoyoreggio.blogspot.com

Walden said...

Looks great, I think it looks better than the designer version!

Laine said...

I also just wondered over here from wardrobe refashion, and I agree that your version is so much better than the designer version! The color combo looks so nice in the crisper fabric and more tailored style of your dress. Though I must say, its making me long for the summer!

cheesepirate said...

Great interpretation - your version turned out really fresh and lovely. (And I didn't realize until I clicked over here from Wardrobe Refashion it's *your* Shalom Cardigan pattern I'm knitting - great, great pattern!)

Sara said...

i love this! you look so great. i wish we still lived together so i could borrow it ;)

Sara said...

what is the fabric? a heavy cotton?

choo choo knits said...

I LOVE IT!!! I bet you can't wait for warmer weather to show it off!

APA said...

Look at you! You're amazing! I, too, loved the dress for the colors. What you've done with it, however, is fabulous! It's fitted. It's formal yet fun. It's totally YOU! Very nice.

P.S., And I dare not show my hubby the soft pretzels you made. If so, I'll be elbow deep in dough!

amy said...

what a great dress! i love it!

littlebirdbigcity said...

This dress is awesome! I really want to make one now! It's so versatile and summery. Go away cold weather!

paco peralta said...

Meghan .- this is fantastic, a cool dress, and you would be divine. I saw this model and have a color in my wardrobe: red, brown and black. Congratulations and thanks for showing.

greetings, Paco

joanieponytail said...

Lovely dress. So fresh looking. I also like the other dress you made with the pattern.You did a great job interpreting the inspiration dress.

Hilary said...

Oh my gosh, that is so adorable. I like yours better than the original! You have some mad sewing skillz, Meghan.

Is this a candidate for the bridesmaid dress?

CanarySanctuary said...

That is so cool! I really love the colour combo - very glad you went with it. Looks terrific.

carrie said...

found you through wardrobe refashion--great dress!!

pattianne said...

I love your blog! The dress is wonderful too. I have made a jacket from the 40's for spring. Just love re-fashion.

Berry said...

Love the way you interpreted this pattern. I would have never guessed that was the one. This dress is great!!!

Prairie Girl said...

Happened across your site tonight and LOVE the Shalom pattern. Putting it in my queue!!

Rachel said...

Georgeous dress!! Such a nice silhouette & love the use of the 3 bold colours.
Nice shoes too!!

elise said...

i really like this dress but whant you talk about the pattern New Look 6824 i don't recognize the back shape at all, it is based on an other pattern ?