Sunday, November 24, 2013

The Seaside Dress: Collette 1020





One of my favourite sites is citychic.com.au to go virtual window shopping which is where I saw this dress and fell in love with it!

 
 I couldn't find any fabric close to it online but managed to stumble across this cotton voile in Spotlight. Its a lot darker and the pattern isn't quite as random but its close enough!

 
Pattern modifications - I started with the bodice from Colette 1020 Lily dress and shaped the centre front to give a sweetheart neckline. I added to the side back piece (about 2") and then shirred the centre back pieces. I had to shape the bodice band to match the new sweetheart neckline. The straps are adjustable one, which I really like and are surprisingly easy to make. The bodice is lined with a stretch cotton poplin.

 
Skirt wise, its a straight dirndl gathered skirt, I cut 2 rectangles the width of the material (which was roughly  double and a bit the size of my waist), cutting the back one up the centre so I could add the zip. The pockets are drafted on, though I should have made them a lot deeper, they are a bit shallow!

 
I wasn't sure if it was flat piping or binding around the pockets and bodice bands but went with white bias binding (because that's what I had!)
 

I wasn't sure what the gathered skirt would look like but I think because the voile is so thin and I ironed down the gathers, it sits really nicely. I have a couple of pull marks at the bodice band but I think that's just because I fitted it wearing a different bra. Bring on summer!

19 comments:

  1. So engines we just not sure when you are making but the result is absolutely sweet, this is certainly the case. I was to steal it. So summery

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  2. Isn't it wonderful when you find something that almost matches what you had your heart set on?? Your dress looks wonderful. I love the shirred back and the white binding is a really nice touch. A very classic look. Congratulations. Cheers, Karen

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  3. You have made a fabulous version of that dress. The piping looks super.

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  4. Great job on your Seaside dress. Looks just like your inspiration dress and you really nailed the fit.

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  5. Super .. its ditto ditto. Love the way you made it :) - Diya TheHobbyHarbor

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  6. I love it, it's the perfect summer dress. I'm a fan of darker blues so I think it looks better than the original, well done Suzy. :)

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  7. You definitely have nailed this one! Looks brilliant on you ~ just perfect for our 'almost-here' summer ... J

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  8. What a great copy.. I think I like yours better, especially the shirred back and the white bias. A perfect summer dress indeed (even though my girlfriend in Adelaide told me tonight, that it's been pretty cool down there - but this week has got some hot days coming apparently so enjoy your dress!)

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  9. I love this dress you made! Super job on re-creating something you saw that you loved.

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  10. I love everything you make and find your makes inspirational. This dress is so creative and gorgeous. You have a stylish summer in your future.

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  11. Wow! this is beautiful! love all the changes you made, your finished dress is adorable and looks better than the rtw inspiration!!

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  12. The style, the fabric choice, the dress length, the details, they all come together just right to look fabulous on you. Love it! And I agree with Coco's comment above -- your dress looks better than the rtw inspiration.

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  13. That city chic dress is lovely - you've made a great copy of it! Great shirring, too :)

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  14. This is adorable and so summery! I love that you knocked off a RTW dress but made it work for you. Fantastic!

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  15. Looks so good on you! Great job!

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