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.
Now if my DD would just buy me a great pair of shoes to go with this! Oh, how I love a great shoe!