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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.

2 comments:

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.

Tammy said...

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