S-E-R-I-O-U-S-L-Y!!! And I simply adore this look...
photo courtesy of www.style.com
As is, it is just not corporate ready...and I've been thinking and pondering on how to make it work for my lifestyle. I've religiously visited the dress on style.com. I've printed out pictures to try and capture all of the details, as well as, the essence of the dress. I finally got the "bright" idea to visit the Ferragamo website and watch the dress move and see larger pictures of it.
After watching the video for the third or fourth time, I finally came up with an idea on how to incorporate the best features of the dress...which to me are the supplice neckline...just not as deep as the original. The wrapped skirt but not with the slit up to gloryland (can I still call it that since it's not as much a destination as it once was...*LOL*) and of course the houndstooth fabric.
So this is what I came up with...
I can use my TNT dress pattern to start with based upon this dress that I made back in June 2007.
Hopefully with all my pattern alteration books, I can figure out how to make the draped panel on the front, which I'm using instead of the slitted front skirt. I found a silk twill from Fabric Mart that I will use for this dress...
In watching the video on the Ferragamo site, I now realize that the original dress is made from a midwt silk houndstooth...sort of like the one I used in the Dries van Noten mixed fabrications dress. My fabric is drapier and lighter but I think this will work better for me. I'm also thinking of adding a black waistband instead of making it all out of the houndstooth and I've been going back and forth over whether or not to add piping at the neckline.
I know that this is altering the designer's vision but I am calling this series of dresses designer inspired. I just think without all the skin showing, I will end up looking like one large blackandwhite check...there needs to be some definition there.
Anyway, that's what I'm working on today...since there are a few pattern alterations, some embellishments and a lining going on, I sincerely doubt that I will be finished with the dress this evening...but you never know...I may get inspired!
...as always, more later!