Monday, November 26, 2012

Ideas and inspiration.

I love it when I see a dress that I like and I realize that I could make something similar.

I really love it when I find a pattern that is so close to the original that minimal effort on my part would be required to make my dream a reality.

The Jada dress by Kate Spade is simple, yet classy. I would have loved to own this dress but it's price tag of $358 (now on sale for $161) put it just out of my reach.

Jada dress by Kate Spade

Princess seams = easy to adjust

Exposed zipper and elbow length sleeves = win

I've thought about this dress for the past couple of months. Initially, I thought that Vogue 8766 View F would be a good choice. The bodice had darts rather than princess seams. The sleeve caps also have darts.

Vogue 8766 view F

This didn't seem like a negative until I made the dress (I will post photos eventually). I already have broad shoulders. Puffiness (gathered or darted) on my shoulders was not, nor will ever be, a good look for me. After I finished the dress, I decided that it wouldn't be a good fit for any future Jada dress knockoffs.

I had just about given up hope (and started saving money), when I came across this lovely offering from McCall's:

McCall's 6599

It's one of those Fashion Star patterns. I had overlooked it until this morning. I was taking advantage of a McCall's pattern sale when I came across it. It's perfect, don't you think? The waist sits a bit lower, but I have to shorten the waist on all of my clothing, so it's not a big deal. I love that it has a longer sleeve option. I won't have to bother with any pesky sleeve adjustments other than hacking off some length.

Exposed zippers are all the rage right now. I'm still on fence. Although I'd love to incorporate some more details in my makes, I just don't know if it would be worth the effort. More importantly, I don't know if I really like exposed zippers. 

The Kate Spade dress is made of ponte. I have yet to find a color of ponte that I like. I have some black pique that would work. My wardrobe is sorely lacking in the little black dress department. My Colette Licorice dress from last year does not count. I have no desire to wear that dress ever again.

 Hmm. I will investigate this exposed zipper trend a bit more before I decide against it.

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