Monday, April 25, 2016

Dolce & Gabbana Lemon Dress Knock-Off

You know what I've decided? Its okay to not be original. I am a self declared copy cat, and I don't even care. I am not a trained, skilled fashion designer. So sometimes when I am deciding what to make for myself or the girls, I am stumped, and I often make something mediocre. 

The other day I was at the thrift store, per usual, and was perusing the curtain panels. Then I spotted the cutest lemon fabric I've ever seen for $5. Turns out it was a table runner, but there was plenty of fabric to be had once I unpicked the stitches. (And still tons left even after I made the dress)

Because I am an unashamed copy cat, I googled "toddler lemon dress" because I wanted to make something super adorable with this fabric. I came across this dress.....

Do you see that price tag??? Do people really buy things that expensive for their children?? Its ludicrous.  But the dress is stinkin' cute, so I set out to copy it.

I used a very versatile pattern, The Geranium (the first PDF pattern I've ever bought actually....I think I have bought at least 25 since then, oops)  and modified it to achieve this look. I basically lengthened the bodice by a few inches and graded it towards to waist for a more fitted look, lowered the neckline by 1/2" and took in the faux cap sleeves by 5/8" so they wouldn't stick out so much.

Then I pleated the skirt, which was an undertaking, but by some miracle my pleats matched up to the right width of the skirt, by total chance. I love happy coincidences like that. 

After all that, here is the result! 

I am in love with how it turned out. Its just screams "SUMMER!". I need little reminders that summer may actually come to this little Wyoming town. As I write this, it is literally snowing outside, not kidding. Its depressing, but this dress makes me happy, so at least I have that :)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Top No. 27

Just because I haven't posted anything in the past many fortnights (I use that word as often as possible), doesn't mean I haven't been sewing a bunch. I really have. Blogging, sometimes, just isn't a priority. One thing I haven't done in a while though is pattern test. When I saw E+M post a call for testers for a super cute dolman top, I knew I had to get in on that goodness. Plus, I have tested for Allison before, and she is amazing. I love her patterns.

This is my take on Top No. 27.
 Just kidding. Not this. This is a dress I got at the thrift store for $1. I upcycled this bad girl into this.....

Heidi has the most piercing blue eyes. Steve and I joke that she has Alec Baldwin eyes. 

A few things to mention about this top. It is basically that fastest thing you will ever sew. The sizes range from 2T-10years. The instructions are crystal clear and the fit is so good. Also, this pattern is FREE! Just because its free doesn't mean that it wasn't vigorously tested and pure awesome, because it was and is.