I knew I could reproduce it from my TNT dress pattern...but was concerned that it's going to be very cold here this winter so did I really want another dress? Well of course, I did!
TNT dress pattern (princess seam version) - added some long sleeves to this adaptation per the inspiration dress.
Vera Wang Lavender Line Wool Jersey
20" gray zipper
1 yard bias binding
I don't know what I'm thinking some days when I'm cutting out, but I added 5/8" seam allowances to only one side of each pattern piece...which of course I ended up taking out of all the seams, several times. The finished dress was just too big.
The dress is unlined. I thought I would add a lining to it but the fabric is sooooo heavy that I changed my mind during construction. So why did I pick this heavy fabric in the first place, because it's cold on Monday's in my office...very cold especially since I sit in front of a window...and I need to be warm.
I did something with this dress that I never do...the seams are unfinished. There was no need as the fabric does not ravel.
The dress also has a handpicked zipper in the back. This was done as an afterthought because I was basting the zipper in and thought I would just finish putting the entire thing in by hand. It gives it a really nice touch I think!
The neckline was cut very low on the front to imitate the DVF inspiration dress. A double line of topstitching was added to the front, unlike the original dress, because I needed to break up all that gray fabric. One of the main attractions of the DVF dress was the neckline because it allows me to wear a variety of tops under the dress. I like having the option to layer it as I please.
worn with a black cashmere turtleneck
patterned stockings and shoe booties
worn with a white cotton tank top
worn with a red sleeveless turtleneck
and my funky black 'n white shoes
Since the dress is unlined, I added bias strips at the neckline which at first I hand hemmed. However, the hand stitching left marks in the fabric so I went back and machine stitched it down. I also machine stitched the hems of the sleeves, as well as, the hem of the dress.
Finally, it really is a pretty basic dress that will be used as a layering piece. I can add or take away from the dress and totally affect the look I'm getting by doing so. My only wish is that I liked my waistline in a belt...then it really would be exactly like the DVF Inspiration Dress.
I've finished up a pair of pants but need a top piece to go over them before I photograph them...so that's what I'm working on now.
And a parting shot...
I love these shoe booties and the patterned hose. I don't get to wear them to work often, but I use this combination on Casual Fridays.
...as always, more later!