Floral and Lace Panel Dress Inpired by Clements Ribeiro

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Floral & Lace Panel Dress Inpired by Clements Ribeiro made with Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
For March, the Mood Sewing Network challenge was to sew something "inspired" by the spring ready-to-wear collections with our monthly allowance.  I chose a Clements Ribeiro that I saw on Net-A-Porter.com.

My inspiration: 

I chose Clements Ribeiro because I wanted to highlight a lesser-known designer.  And, I love this dress!
Floral & Lace Panel Dress Inpired by Clements Ribeiro made with Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
I was drawn to the fabulous floral print and the back lace panels.  As you know, a fabulous (non-knit) print for spring is hard to find.  But luckily, I found this stunning black and white cotton-lycra medium weight twill at Mood Fabrics.com.  Along with this beautiful Anna Sui stretch floral lace.  
Floral & Lace Panel Dress Inpired by Clements Ribeiro made with Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
For my look, I used Simplicity 1873 for the bodice.  The front of the bodice is lined in a lingerie tricot fabric from my stash.  The back is lace and (obviously) unlined.  I did however interface the zipper area.  The back neck and armholes are just turned over and hemmed with a 5/8" allowance.
Floral & Lace Panel Dress Inpired by Clements Ribeiro made with Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
For the skirt, I used Burda Style 6955, view D.  Now this is a petite pattern.  Any petite pattern can be "un-petited" with alterations.  
How to "un-petite" a Petite Skirt Pattern. -- Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
I added 3" at the hip line and 3" near the bottom, above the curves.
Floral & Lace Panel Dress Inpired by Clements Ribeiro made with Mood Fabrics - Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
The skirt is also fully lined.  The pieces attached beautifully.  The is fabric is incredible.  It has a slight crisp hand and also a comfortable amount of stretch that is perfect for fitted dresses, skirts and pants.  

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44 comments

  1. Outstanding! You look fabulous.

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  2. Erica, "You did that"! This is gorgeous!

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  3. That dress is hot! I love the surprise of lace in the back too. Great job!

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  4. Just Fabulous!! You make me want to dust off my sewing machine again for the third time.

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    1. Pull it out! Thanks My Kurves!

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  5. Hmmm. I like the original dress, but I like yours better. The colours are really nice and I do like the longer length.

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  6. LOVE IT!!! The lace back adds that unexpected WOW factor. And the hemline is so cool.

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  7. So fabulous. Love the mix of fabrics and the print.

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  8. This is refreshing and a very beautiful dress! Refreshing because I am tired of winter already! It is the perfect reminder of warmer weathers and it looks great on you

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    1. Thanks Naan! We went from freezing temps to everything covered in pollen! I'm feeling like I'm missing winter already! LOL

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  9. The proportions on that dress are perfect. Make you look like big 'ol fat legs.... that's a southern compliment. {:-O

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    1. Ok... I'll take your word for it! LOL. Thanks Body Design!

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  10. This is gorgeous and such a wonderful reflection of the designer original!

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  11. Beautiful dress! I love the surprise of the lace back.

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  12. Erica...this dress is definitely a WOW! It is beautiful on you. I love how you take 2 different patterns to create one look. It is an original.

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  13. Great dress! I have been pinning lace inlaid dresses from Net-A-Porter for inspiration to make a dress for a wedding I'm attending in June.

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  14. Erica this dress is the bomb dot com!!!!!! It looks awesome on you!!! How much fabric did you use. I really want to try and make this for my birthday in June!!

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    1. I'm not sure... maybe 2 yards. Good luck with yours! Thanks!

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  15. This is really really pretty! I love the lace back and red shoes. Very sophisticated!

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  16. Forgive me if it has already been asked, but what kind of bra can you wear with this?

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    1. Mimi, I've discussed backless bras before. Also, I have a full section on "Underpinnings". http://www.ericabunker.com/search/label/underpinnings

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  17. I just love the hemline! Your new dress absolutely rocks.

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  18. Go aHEAD!!! All pretty Sunday brunch dress from the front them BAM! :-)

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  19. I think this is one of my favorites of what I've seen you make. It's definitely more beautiful than your inspiration.

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