Thursday, February 28, 2013

Nothing Like a Knockoff!

So, I entered the Pattern Review RTW contest.  I originally saw this Givenchy dress that was fantabulous! I went right out and looked into my stash, found what I thought would be great fabric, a cotton sateen and told my DD, that the creative juices were stirring.  Then, I got distracted.  As things tend to go.  I made a jacket (that dog has been beaten already) and a fun vintage dress before I got back to finishing and submitting my work for review.  WELL, in the interim, I changed my mind about what I wanted to submit for the challenge.  I knew I wanted a LBD because you can never have too many of those. 
When I saw this Emilo Pucci, it took my breath away and I knew it was the one! This retails for $1995.00 so that was definitely a motivator for me to try to recreate it.

I started with McCalls 6460.  In terms of changes I made, of course I wanted that deep "V" in the front. This pattern isn't lined (and I cannot imagine why not?) I thought it would be beneficial to line it, so I used the fabric, a matte jersey I had in my stash as the fashion fabric and the lining. 
The Pucci dress has a V back and I initially planned to do that as well.  Unfortunately, the lace I had was leftover from a dress I made for my DD's friend last year and I cut the top portion out using the pattern back. Only after it was cut did I realize I wanted the Pucci back.  By then, I didn't have enough fabric to recut and part of the goal here (for me) was to use what was in my stash, so I didn't want to go out and purchase any fabric.

 So, I stayed with the MccCalls back.  Besides, I figured I was "deep" enough in the front to not need the back out as well. LOL


I didn't make any other design changes really. The inspiration had a side split, but I didn't really want that style element so I didn't add it to my version.  I had planned to finish the neckbinding and sleeve binding with a sheet chiffon or polyester that I was certain was in my stash, but alas, I had none.  Oh well, I used a cotton bias and while it isn't as "ethereal" as I think the chiffon would have been, I can very easily live with it.
It came together really easily and quickly.  I started on it around 7:00 last night and I was done about 11:30.  I did stop to snack before I hemmed it, so it might have been midnight before I was really done.

I SOOOOOO want to win the gift certificate to Moods (that's the first and second prize on Pattern Review).  There are some fantastic submissions when last I looked, so the competition is probably pretty stiff.  But, this was fun to create.  I love the final look.  I'm glad I did it.  Almost always, when I am creating something, it's for a specific purpose, or event.  I am ALWAYS working on one thing or the other at a deadline.  It was kinda strange to not be stepping into this dress 10 minutes before I was supposed to be someplace!  But hopefully something will come up where this will be just the right thing to wear. 
Now if my DD would just buy me a great pair of shoes to go with this!  Oh, how I love a great shoe!


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  1. I really like your interpretation of the RTW dress. Nice work!

  2. You've got one of my votes Barbara! Great job on the dress!

    1. Thank you so much! This one really was fun. I have looked at the submissions and they are really great! Sew much talent out here! :-)