Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sew Cute

Remember that Rachel Rachel Roy dress I posted last Friday? Yeah, I couldn't get it out of my head either. So when Jennifer of Hope Studios commented, wondering if it would be possible to sew, it set our wheels spinning. Motivation was pulsing through my veins after six e-mails back and forth, and I was speeding off to the fabric store.

The shape of my final product did transform quite a bit from the inspiration garment. The original was baggier with draped arm openings - which is what I had loved about it online - but all of that excess fabric just wasn't flattering on my frame. I took in the dress and shortened the straps to keep the focus on my shoulders.

If you're a reasonably experienced sewer, you'll find this a breeze to create. Since I wasn't using a pattern, I traced one of my dresses onto the fabric to make sure I had the width of my hips correct. The front panel of the dress was cut out on the fold, but the back does have a seam down the center. The neckline at the back of the dress is almost identical to the front (it's just up a little higher) with a channel sewn in to slide a leather strap through, cinch and tie.

Total investment: $12 and three hours of work.

Outfit Notes: DIY Dress; Jess LC Chevron Earrings; Yves Saint Laurent Arty Ovale Ring; Guess Sandals

38 comments:

  1. WOW..I am so impressed...That dress looks amazing and you made it by yourself...You look stunning :)
    Kisses darling :)

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  2. Awesome!! I prefer this to the original! Great job!

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  3. LOVE the dress and the print is brilliant. Great look. I am also loving Jess' stuff. I had a chance to meet her at the blogger get together and she's so great.

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  4. You did an awesome job, now if only i could sew, xoxo

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  5. AWESOME! You did a great job!! :D I should have my mom help me make something like that :D
    http://aclosetfashionista.blogspot.com/

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  6. Wow: you did a fantastic job. It seriously came out great and looks amazing. I'm dying to learn how to sew now.

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  7. holy crap! i am GREEN. that dress looks amazing. the fabric is..well, fab. i always find that's the hardest part - finding a good looking material to use. that dress is even better than the original inspiration. wish i had that kind of sewing talent. alas, all i can make are barbie fur coats. :)

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  8. Wow you are one talented girl, it looks amazing! I've tried alittle sewing myself lets just say it didn't work out very well.

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  9. Wow, it's gorgeous! And what a great feeling to wear a dress you made yourself. Great job!

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  10. This is wonderful!! I wish I could sew.

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  11. Wow, the dress looks perfect on you!

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  12. It looks really great! Kudos to you for going for it. :)

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

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  13. I'm just going to say it...you are a miracle worker! :)

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  14. great job dear, it turned out very well!
    maybe I'll try to do one for myself this summer;)

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  15. ya got the ring...yay! Holy crap, I cannot sew, my BF sew's better than me. Perhaps I should ask him to make me this dress :)

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  16. Your dress is fabulous! You are making me want to run to the fabric store!

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  17. Wow, the dress looks great! good job.

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  18. Okay seriously. You are amazing. The dress is amazing. The dress is amazing on you. I love it. What an outstanding job you did!

    And while this has nothing to do with the dress - I am totally digging the striped t-shirt on you. Very cute.

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  19. I love it. Its like sea glass you can wear.

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  20. You're so talented, Missy! Wish I could sew!!! Love the dress!

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  21. Looks great :)


    http://www.etsy.com/shop/lorenabr

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  22. I'm so jealous of your talent and beautiful dress. You are a very lucky girl.

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  23. Wow... It looks fabulous. Great job! Was this your first try?? Lucky duck.

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

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  24. The dress looks amazing! You did an incredible job.

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  25. How jealous am I that you can sew? You look great in the dress.

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  26. OMG, you are tres talented lady. That turned out just beautiful!

    p.s. Our blog has moved! We would love for you to visit us at our new site: http://www.bonbonrosegirls.com/
    Unfortunately, if you followed us with Google Friend Connect you'll have to re-follow but everything else is the same! Hugs, K

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  27. Impressive! I can't sew a button so I'm seriously in awe - it turned out great!

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  28. You are very talented! Keep up the brilliant work!

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  29. Great job and such lovely (and flattering) fabric!

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  30. Smart - I finished mine and it was quite snug on my big butt! I scrapped it and started over - I'll post it on Monday!

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  31. nice dress!!
    you have done great job!
    it worths the 3 hours that took you to do this dress!

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  32. Wow! Great job- that dress is fabulous!! xo- karrie
    www.hellopretty.net

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  33. You look stunning in this dress. I love DIY projects and you just hit this one right on! great job!:)

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  34. Awesome job! It suits you really well :)

    Rose

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  35. You look stunning in this dress! I love all the colors!

    www.thejoyoffashion.blogspot.com

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