Firstly, THANK you for the love on my Copacabana outfit. I wish we could all be celebrating in Brasil, enjoying the weather and carnival right now. Can you believe today is the final of Project sewn? I’m gobsmacked that not only I latest till the end but I actually you voted me top the last 2 weeks. Being among the talented ladies“competing”sewing along really drove my creative juices. I love a challenge.
For signature style theme, I wanted to incorporate everything that encompass my personal style.
My love for fitted clothes, interesting design lines and prints. Classic with a twist. Even a bit sexy…
My dress is the same catwalk pattern from Giles Deacon “The Troubadour dress” – shown in his A/W 2007 catwalk show. His sexy deep emerald double duchess silk. Mine is made out of cotton sateen. Oh, did I mention you could buy his for $2.210 and mine costed less than $50 to make.
|The original dress (Source: outnet & Style.com)|
The dress has a square neckline, 6 pieces sleeves, a raised back neck and the front and back panels pieces wrap around. No last minute side seam adjustments on fit.
The 2 sleeves elbow pattern pieces look like bow ties. Sewn together, when the dress is just hanging, the sleeve has a 3D fold like there is an elbow there. Insanely cool!
A few times while I was sewing the dress I felt I was going mad. I didn’t had time to make a muslin so I trusted the ‘power of the tape measure.’
Taped the pattern the night before and sewn all day from 9 am till 3 am, leaving only the invisible zipper, hem and final touches to do the next day. Felt like I was in my own project runway dream. Tim Gunn may have popped in my head a few times saying “make it work” every time I had to redo those annoying joining seams.
I tell you, those 8 corners were a PAIN to sew. I curved the seams making it harder because I felt It would look better on me and a lot more flattering on the bust. I know, I’m crazy to make the pattern a little more challenging.
You can download the troubadour pattern (size 10) free with other 8 designers on Show Studio.
You can vote for me