Just for fun, and because I'm nosey, I wanted to look at the construction details on the dresses of some of my favorite designers. I found myself (somehow!) in a dressing room at Neiman Marcus with a slew of dresses. Some of the dresses had great details, like the beautiful bodice seaming on this David Meister number:
I've been wanting to try on the Issa dress worn by Kate Middleton for her engagement announcement, and I finally found it at Neiman Marcus ($390), but in viscose instead of silk jersey. They only had a 2 and an 8, and, as you can see, the 8 was too small. Hello cleavage! The neckline on this dress is awkward. Also, the arms were too tight.
I think McCall's 5974 is perfect for replicating this style. About the only difference is that on the Issa dress, there is a slit on one side of the wrap belt where it meets the bodice. The slit is to thread the opposite end of the belt, and I don't think it really adds anything. Here's my version (about $20) of 5974 (and I do plan to make more):
Here are some of the other goodies I tried on. The navy/stripe color-block dress (not flattering!) and the green dress with the gold belt buckle are Milly ($355 and $425), the jersey print is another (too small) Issa dress ($450), and a couple from David Meister ($415 and $325).
I did do my bit for the economy, though. I purchased these lovelies at Nordstrom:
|Navy suede pumps from Ivanka Trump|
|Coral patent slingbacks from Ivanka Trump|
And now, it is off to the sewing studio, where I have a coral/bright pink/white stretch pique ready to be sewn into a summery sheath.
Happy sewing! ~ Peggy