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Friday, July 31, 2009

BWOF 05-2009-117

Here's a washed-out closeup so you can see the pleats at the front.
I was attempting to knock off a Michael Kors dress I love.  I'm really happy with the result, but due to my fabric choice, it doesn't look exactly like the original.
Back view... unimpressive.  :-)

I entered this in the knockoff contest at Pattern Review.  I guess this falls more into the "inspired by" part of the rules than a true knockoff.  I keep saying I'm going to do one of those contests and then never finish in time.  Well, finally I follow through!

Here's my review from Pattern Review.

Pattern Description: A slim silhouette tapers slightly in at the hem to emphasize feminine curves, and charming side slits let you walk freely.

Pattern Sizing: European 36-44. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for my changes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't use them (German).

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Love the style. I chose it to knock off a Michael Kors dress.

Fabric Used: black wool jersey, definitely not what Michael Kors used and not what the pattern is designed for, but it works for me.  I also lined it with a black slinky knit because the wool jersey is a bit scratchy.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The fabric choice dictated fit changes. I cut a 38 but took in pretty much every vertical seam. I also omitted the slits and didn't use any closure since my fabric is a knit. I cut the back pieces on the fold. I also made the neckline a bit lower, trying to mimic the Michael Kors.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may sew this again in a woven. 

Conclusion: The pattern didn't catch my eye in the magazine, but I love it made-up. I think it's a pretty good match for the dress I was trying to knock off. Of course my fabric choice is totally different, so it doesn't look identical.


Amanda S. said...

Wowza! That is one gorgeous dress! The fit is beautiful. I really loved this design from that issue and even have some fabric for it. But you know, so many projects, so little time.

Anonymous said...

Great dress! I love the gathers in the front, it fancies it up a bit.