A little bit after I discovered Ping’s blog and her wonderful creations, she started the Copycat Challenge. The mention of the word challenge makes me go cuckoo and a little tickling feeling at the tips of my fingers makes them reach for the sewing machine (well in this case at least). I have to admit, I’m not either a very experienced nor a very advanced sewer and still face a lot of challenges and disasters, every time, I try to make something. I was though determined this time to have at least one piece to enter this particular challenge. And here it is:
The inspiration for this dress was an Oscar de la Renta stripy dress, which was a love at first sight, slightly over my budget though 🙂
I had bought the stripy fabric from a vintage shop in good old Lewes, where I work, some time ago and certainly before I had seen this gorgeous dress. Unfortunately, it was a pre-cut length and it wasn’t enough to create a long dress, but I think the outcome was close enough, plus there are more chances, I wear it in the outside world.
As I’m nowhere near cutting my own patterns (or will I ever be probably), I used the prom dress pattern from the Great British Sewing Bee Book I left out the halter neck and the belt and changed the heart-shaped bust of the dress, so that it looks more like my inspiration. It wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be to put it all together and this is the first time, I have made something of this scale. My fabric was quite thin, so I created a second skirt from a light weight satin to give it some volume, but it’s all hidden under the main dress. Two things, I discovered during the process: 1) I hate zippers and 2) I hate hems even more. For someone who sews, I have too many dresses, needing some mending in both these areas and I simply can’t get round to doing it 🙂
Although it’s perfect by no means, I really enjoyed making it and I’m very pleased with the result.
Oh, how I love a challenge and stripes and Oscar de la Renta.
(the belt is H&M and the choker from a charity shop, the shoes were a cheap buy for a wedding. The pictures are courtesy of the boyfriend)