Saturday, October 26, 2013

Roksanda Ilincic Inspired Dress

I have long admired the fabulous 'inspired' designer dresses made by the lovely Carolyn, amongst others, and have finally dipped my toes in the water.  Here is my inspiration:

 

Now, I know that you probably think that I am a little late to the colour-blocking party, but I am here now, so see me through!

This lovely dress was designed by Roksanda Ilinic, and boy, don't those colors pop?  So, after the success (in my mind) of my Pointer Sisters dress, I thought that I would jump in with some short lengths of linen that I had recently purchased.  After all - what other fabric would you be thinking of using in the middle of Autumn and the threat of snow storms at the weekend?!  Whilst I really like the look of the white, I was concerned that I may have some seams showing through, so I decided upon black, fushia and tan, with a soft dusky rose Bemberg Lining (for my Canadian sewing sisters, check out the 'bargain fabrics' wall in Fabricland - they move the old stock there quite frequently, rip the label off the bolt and sell it for $5/metre.  Bargain!)

I chopped up my pattern, trying to ensure that any vertical seams did not interfere with the darts, and that the horizontal seam on the back was as flattering as a vertical seam near your butt can be, and I was off.

I chose to overlock (serge) most of my seams, and then top stitched them down so that they looked like felled seams.  I should mention that this was done after basting the seams together and checking for fit (thank-you Mr. SDSC for being such a dab hand with the pins!) - I had to take out A LOT of fabric on the side seams of the fashion fabric, but not so much of the lining.  I used an invisible zip - I find them so quick and easy to set in, and left off the vent at the back.  The dress is hemmed rather short (for me) and did not need any extra walking ease.  I hand stitched the hem so that I could change thread color as I went round, and used self binding for the neckline and armholes.  Holy cow, doesn't linen bias binding fray?  So much for the 'bias' bit preventing that occurring!



Have you noticed how scandalously short this dress is?  You can almost see my knees . . . . !


Hmmm.  The back is a bit wrinkly in some of these pics.  I think some of it is due to my modelling (??!) posture, but I did make a bit of a pigs ear on the right shoulder (see below).  I may have to revisit the pattern and double check the back to smooth it out a bit.




I am really quite pleased with this, and have been busily pinning inspiration for more clothes.  I like that for color blocking it can be a great way to use up scraps (as long as I can work out grainlines!)  I did have a bit of issue with one of the shoulders where the lining does not quite hang properly - but not enough of an issue for me to remove the lining, re-cut it and attach again!!

Next up will be a dress with sleeves and a different neckline finish - but for now, I am rather pleased with my first designer inspired dress!

13 comments :

  1. As well you should be! It's a nice dress and I don't think the length is scandalous at all!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn - I am rather liking the shorter length. It just feels a little 'strange'!

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  2. Your dress is beautiful. Love it, and it looks great on you.The length looks good too. Happy sewing.

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    1. Thank-you Judy - I am back in the sewing zone having recently returned from a fabulous holiday, and I am having a ball! I had a big photo session today (thanks Dad!), so have some more garments to show over the next few days!

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  3. Love your dress. The shape is great on you and great length too. Very on trend. Great job.

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  4. I love that on you, it looks very 'modern', as my mother would say! And the length is perfect. I should really try wearing shorter myself.

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  5. The length and the style looks great on you and I'm loving the colours you chose too :)

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  6. Both the length and the style look great on you. Be proud to wear it.

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  7. That dress looks beautiful on you! The colors are pretty and I love the fuchsia binding around the neckline.

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  8. You look great in your dress, love the colors.

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  9. I love the color blocking. I love that you call this scandalously short! I think it is the perfect length.

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  10. That Carolyn can always be counted on for some great inspiration. You did a wonderful job going from inspiration to finished garment. I think it's fabulous and then length hits you at a great spot - very flattering. g

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