Yesterday, I started a new series called Refashioning Couture, where I document my journey towards making a couture inspired wardrobe. For my first project, I’m making a dress based on the popular lemon print design by Dolce and Gabbana.
Recently, I started a sewing sketch book, where I draw out my ideas and include fabric swatches. It has proved to be a very useful tool and a fun way to keep track of my sewing projects. Below is my sketch for the Lemon Grove dress.
The main fabric will be the lovely cotton print which I purchased from Pigeon Wishes over on Etsy. The print is a near perfect replica of the original, and the fabric itself is a lovely soft cotton.
After some thought, I decided to also fully line the bodice and half line the skirt with some black light weight cotton. This, I hope will help give the dress structure and longevity. I’m only half lining the skirt as it’s a Summer dress and I don’t want it to be too heavy or uncomfortable to wear in the heat.
I think the way to go about this design is to pattern hack not 1 but 2 patterns from the By Hand London collection. Having successfully made the Charlie Dress, I think taking the bodice from that design and adding it to the Charlotte skirt, I can hack together a dress similar to the original D&G design.
Adjustments and Alterations
This time around, for the bodice straps I will make long ties, which will be tied into bows at the top of the shoulders. I like this feature from the original, and I think it can work on my dress.
I am not going to add a collar to the bodice, as for this project, I would prefer a clean neckline. Every thing else will remain the same.
I will shorten the hem, and add a longer flounce, as the current length while flattering, may would be too restrictive for walking. I like fashion, but I have no intention to suffer for it!!!
I’m eliminating the waist band, so I need to double check that the hem of the bodice matches the waist line of the skirt.
Cutting out time! I will not make a muslin because I live on the edge (actually I’m too excited to make a muslin – this could be dangerous!). I will also start the basic construction, reporting on any issues I may come across as I sew.
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Thanks for reading,