Monday, May 27, 2013

Project Sewn Signature Style



When I first saw the list for Project Sewn weekly challenges, I was most excited about this final week.


It seems easy for me to recognize things that appeal to my signature style. I am definetly a classic dresser. I love dresses and skirts with clean lines and classic silhouettes. I also love heels. I actually used to wear heels all the time (up until about 8 months pregnant with my first). Since kids, I have modified to wedges and actually have several flat shoes in my closet now (something I never had before!). I also am drawn to basic colors, especially navy blue. Seriously, I have a small weakness for all things navy blue! So, looking through some style icons I guess I could say I love the style of Jackie O. Here she is in a lovely sheath dress:

Photo Source: http://trippingthistles.tumblr.com/post/29823461705

Then one day while looking at Pinterest I came across this and I instantly fell in love:

Source: www.modcloth.com
More info on the dress found here

What is not to love? Navy blue with cream, pleats, a lovely silhouette...I had to have it. (oh, and it has pockets...awesome!) So I set out to make it. I bought 4 yards of some inexpensive navy blue cotton from Joanns. It was only $2 a yard (not the highest quality, but I wasn't sure if it would turn out). Then I bought the cream broadcloth (3/4 yd for a couple bucks too.) So armed with $10 in fabric, a heavy metal separating zipper, and 2 patterns from my stash I got started. 


For the bodice I used Butterick 4443. I cut a size 10 and ended up taking it in quite a bit at the chest. I had made this before and found it to be too baggy in the bust. (poor me :( haha) The only downside is I ended up losing the pleating detail at the neckline. I tried to make it work...but it just didn't fit with this pattern. 


For the skirt portion I used McCalls 5591. I used view C and made a view alterations. I cut a 12 and ended up losing quite a bit of fabric to make it work. Similar to the inspiration dress, I lost one pleat in the back and made only two. I also did not use the yoke pieces for the pattern. It took a lot of seam ripping and basting to get the top and bottom pieces to line up correctly, but in the end I am happy with it. I cut off about 4 inches from the hem and added a strip of cream broadcloth at the hemline. 

                         
I tried a new technique with this dress called bagging the lining (or I think that is what this technique is called). I had pinned a link to it and decided to give it a go. I really enjoyed it and it worked great. It helps eliminate a lot of the hand stitching which is always a plus in my book. In the original dress there is no lining, but I added one to the bodice. If I would have had enough fabric I would have done one for the skirt as well, but a slip will have to do. 


I am really excited that this dress turned out. In the future, I will have to trust my sewing skills more and allow my pocket book to be stretched for better fabric or find a fabric store to send me some free samples...anyone, anyone? 


Please stop by Project Sewn to see all the lovely looks people are creating.
Shannon

31 comments:

  1. That is amazing! I thought you bought the actual dress!

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  2. What a perfect, classic dress. Although I've always thought of myself as a "basic black" person, I am drawn recently to navy. Your dress is just darling. Isn't it amazing how although styles come and go, Jackie O is always chic?!

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  3. I love it!! I'm so glad I saw your link over at Flamingo Toes. This is SO right up my alley! My daughter's taste is very similar to yours, and she is always begging me to make her knockoffs, especially from ModCloth (you can see one that I've made at the bottom of this post: http://www.meandmydiy.com/2013/05/weathered-look-wood-paneled-wall.html) You did an amazing job recreating the look, and for SO much less. Bravo! I'm impressed. It looks great. Can't wait to see more! (I'll be pinning this and sending the link to my daughter...I feel another knockoff in my future!)

    Debbie

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  4. The dress is gorgeous and it fits you vry well! Great job!

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  5. Very pretty!! That is a dress I would buy.

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  6. It's a beautiful dress, and it fits you beautifully too!

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  7. This is gorgeous! You look amazing in it :)

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  8. FYI - I am your newest follower. Glad I found you blog. olga-kidapproved.blogspot.com

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  9. Such a classic look and beautiful pictures. love it!

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  10. Gorgeous! It turned out awesome! I love navy too, so classic, and never goes out of style.
    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful dress! I love navy and classic, too.
    --Jill
    Jill Made It

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  12. It is very cute, looks just like the Modcloth dress! If you find a way to get free fabric, let me know, haha.

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    1. I will let you know...haha, wouldn't that be the best thing ever?

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  13. It looks just like the original... I love your dress!

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  14. Hi Shannon, I am visiting via Project Sewn, and I love your dress. I can't believe it is made out of broadcloth. You did a beautiful job!

    Sue xo

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  15. Turned out beautifully! Really love the exposed zipper and the colour blocking at the bottom! Good luck this week!

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    1. Thank you- I wasn't sure on the zipper at first, but I actually really like it- may have to do it some more- good luck to you as well, thanks for stopping by-

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  16. Great knockoff! I like blue and cream, too.

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  17. I LOVE this dress---it's something I would totally buy, wear, make, whatever!
    liZ
    PS---Yesterday I just had to take in a dress that I was working on for myself...it was also too baggy in the bust line....boo.

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  18. Omg. You look so adorable!! Love this dress and the inspiration!

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  19. Wow, I have a dress that looks exactly like this, although in a different color <3 Love it!

    I'd love it if you can drop by mine and check out my latest post: www.fashchronicles.blogspot.com

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  20. Wow you nailed it! It's really a gorgeous dress, and so flattering on you! -Jen

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