Monday, March 5, 2012

Christian Dior Polka Dot Dress

We got an unexpected huge snowfall on Friday, so my plans had to be cancelled (Boo!) but it left me with plenty of time to finish my Christian Dior knockoff.  I had the bodice done, so I just had to put together the skirt and do all the finishing.

This pattern has a skirt that's very similar to the Dior, and I've made it twice already (a muslin and a real dress), so I knew it would fit and look good.  I eliminated the center front and back seams by cutting the fabric on the fold.

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The pleats turned out lovely! And the fabric is thick so the skirt is quite full. I tried to match the bodice dart with the center pleat, but it didn't line up perfectly. Oh well. I'm not too worried about it.

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I ended up doing the tucks on the neckline after all. I really like how they look on the Dior, so I made it work. I did darts instead pleating the fabric, and pressed them nice and flat.

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I followed a YouTube tutorial and did my first-ever lapped zipper. Not bad! I did a practice run first and then the real thing.

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Finally, I hand hemmed it.

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I think she looks pretty close to the original! (Except that I look like I have terrible posture in the picture, and I'm regretting not posing with my hand on my hip like Cammie D.)

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I am in full-on Spring sewing mode, so next up I'm doing a "Make This Look" with a dress I saw in this months' Glamour.  I even found the exact fabric!

9 comments:

  1. Looks fab. I have this pattern and it's sitting pretty close to the top of my to make next pile. Only I want to it have the sheer look in version 1, but the pattern doesn't explain how to do it.

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  2. Wow! Almost a dead ringer! Gorgeous dress! I definitely need to try to tackle some more difficult sewing with better fabric sometime.

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  3. Oooh lovely! What a fab knockoff, it's seriously similar to the Dior...love it!!!

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  4. Wow that looks so similar to the original! It looks fab on you and your sewing all looks very neat, jealous!

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  5. Cool! you did a very jood job!

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  6. You did a great job - your dress is good clone. I'd follow Ms Diaz's lead and team with a black belt. But I wear so many black belts that my husbie calls me the karate kid!

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  7. This is GORGEOUS! Amusingly, to me anyhow, I have all the patterns you used to make this in my collection. I might have to follow you lead and give this a try. Your dress turned out really beautifully!

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  8. OMG It's a dead-ringer! Well done, it looks fantastic!!

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  9. Simply stunning Amy, and it looks exactly like the original! Fantastic job! Sam xox

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