I first blogged about my copycat inspiriation here. But if you missed it, here’s a brief recap.
Basically I wanted the top with the lace applique with a plaid tulip skirt similar to the second photo. Angels Never Die is one of my favourite brands. Whenever I see a sale on Vente-Exclusive, I always buy at least one thing (but it often puts me in the red and then I promptly send it back…:(
I love that they mix fabric prints, textures, and weaves. They often mix knits with wovens and they always have interesting draping, designs, and appliques.
Making the dress
To make my dress, I used the skirt from this Burda 09/2011 Dress pattern. The top part is a refashioned basic knit top I’ve had since last year, from the Hema. It matched the brown plaid I had in mind from my stash, so I went with it.
I cut out the skirt from the plaid fabric. I had to do some creative cutting because I had only 1m of it and those front panels eat up a shitload of fabric. So some of the seam allowances were cut on the selvage but that’s ok. I ended up cutting the waistband on the lengthwise grain (if that’s even a term?!). Also, none of the plaid matches, but I’m ok with that because it’s not too noticeable. I did not use the instructions except to check how much to gather the top of the skirt to.
The skirt has pleats AND gathers. And the pleats are gathered! It’s a lot of fabric sitting right there on my pouch, but I like to think it doesn’t make me look too huge because the back of the skirt is such a nice shape, kind of like the Elizalex dress. The hem is finished with bias tape. The inside seams are finished with bias tape on the waistband and with a zigzag stitch for the side seams. I would have liked to do french seams, but I figured it would get too bulky.
I purchased some of the lace trim from the most recent fabric fair in Leeuwarden and some from my local fabric shop, Jan Sikkes. I attached the trim to the top using a zigzag stitch to help keep it from getting wavy. I folded the trims over at the top and slipstitched it in place.
I paired it with leggings because a) it’s getting cold out there, b) it’s not lined, and c) it’s a good thing I did because riding my bike to the photoshoot place made the dress open up pretty much right to my crotch. I might have to add a snap or tack it down.
In some of the pictures I’m also wearing an actual Angels Never Die jacket, which I love love LOVE (there would have been an exclamation point if the jacket had pockets, but it doesn’t so boo hoo). My boots are Dr Martens and are already like 3 or 4 years old.
I accessorized with a fake pearl necklace I inherited from my grandma because I thought it matched the lace on the top quite nicely.
I even did my makeup, which you can’t even see in the pictures 😦 I did cat eyes with brown eyeliner to match my dress!
And now, for picture overload!
Thanks for stopping by!
This is sweet, dude! I think your dress turned out even cooler than the inspiration garments.
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Love the dress, you did so well with it! I intended to enter the copycat challenge.. I did make a dress but I never entered it as I love it, but it doesn’t really look like the original inspiration
Thank you! Did you post your dress anyway? I’d love to see it.
I will post my dress at in the next few weeks, I’ll let you know when it’s up 🙂
Cool. Thanks. 🙂
It’s up now 🙂
That skirt is awesome! I have been eyeing that pattern off for ages. Glad to see it made up. fabbo!
Thanks Renay! I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pull it off with my pear-shaped body and fabric choice (as the pattern calls for chiffon) but if turned out exactly how I pictured it. 🙂
I can highly recommend it! And even though it calls for a chiffon, lightweight suiting worked just fine for me.
wow! Yours looks better than the original. I love the way the skirt drapes.
Thank you so much!
great idea! thank you for your inspiration.
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