Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What I'm Wearing | A(nother) Little White Dress!

I had a blogger event to attend this morning at Saks.  Tomorrow begins "Saks Beauty Week".  It was hosted by the luxury brands Sisley and Guerlain.  I've never used those products before, but growing up I remember my grandmother wearing Shalimar.  Now, I've fallen in love with their fragrance Terracotta.  Love it!
So, with any event I attend I always like to look the "fashion blogger" part, which meant a well-thought out look and something new, of course!  
I've liked Vogue 1398 since it was released.  The tiered scalloped skirt was what sold this pattern for me.  I remember back in 2010, Valentino used this same design.  And I've loved it since then.  But the front pleated neckline just didn't do it for me.  And that's the thing about when working with a dress that has a waist seam, you can ALWAYS substitute the bodice!
I used a bodice from Simplicity 1415, view C.  I love the cut-in style which edged up my almost "too cute" skirt.  I cut the size 14 and added an inch to the length.  The bodice has princess seams and I made a slight FBA.  And I also fully-lined my bodice.  I love collecting patterns such as these with numerous bodice variations.  They definitely come in handy. 
This was my first time doing scallops.  They were a lot easier than I imagined.  Time consuming and tedious, but easy.  For the skirt, I followed the instructions to a tee.  I lengthened by 2 inches at the lengthening line.  I graded from the 14 to 16 at the hip.
The pieces attached beautifully and all of the seams matched up perfectly.  And I used a 22" metal zipper.  I used this Japanese Textured Cotton from Mood Fabrics.com, which is pretty much just a 100% cotton pique.  It's perfect for this summer style!

46 comments:

  1. LOVE what you did with this pattern...much prefer it to the version on the Vogue website.

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    1. Me, too! I loved the skirt from that pattern, but not the bodice. You made it work! It's beautiful.

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    2. Thanks sewmanju!

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    3. Thanks Taivahalla!

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  2. Love it Erica! When I saw this pattern, this is exactly how I pictured it. In all white. Looks great on you

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  3. Your design modifications sold that dress. Actually knocked out the park.

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  4. Awesome combo! The fit is ALL THAT!

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  5. Cute dress. And I love the shoes too.

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  6. Beautiful! Thanks for mentioning the ease of switching out a bodice when you have a waist seam. For some reason I never explore switching out pattern pieces.

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    1. I love using patterns as "parts"! Thanks Levone!

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  7. Oh wow, Erica! My feelings about the pattern are the same as yours - loved the skirt but not the bodice. I love the changes you made by substituting another bodice. I'm truly impressed :)

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  8. Great dress! It wa a great idea to mix patterns. Every thing you sew looks like you bought it in a store, ah! I like your shoes too!

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  9. It looks gorgeous - and you can add me to the list of people who loved the look of that skirt but not so much the bodice of the pattern.

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  10. I love how you have "edged up" this pattern, I realise it is a simple change to swap out a bodice, but seeing past the pattern photos can be very difficult! Great vision and realisation!

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  11. This is so gorgeous and perfect for summer. I love the changes you made to the bodice. I love your version better than the original for sure!

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  12. So cute and so right for Summer.

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  13. Your version is so much better than Vogue's. Congrats on a great design!

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  14. I saw this pattern and wasn't sure if I would look good wearing it. After your review, I'm reconsidering. Erica, thanks! It looks great on you!

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  15. Vogue needs to hire you to do their patterns. I've bought several of their patterns after seeing your outfits!! Love this one too!

    - Previously Saro

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    1. I feel it's their loss too! LOL. Thanks Asiyah!

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  16. fabulous dress, loved your decisions: yummy Tiffany blue shooz

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  17. Lovely dress and perfect for summer.

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  18. This is the best use of scallops that I've seen in a long time. Great choice for the bodice. You are looking really great, figure and hair just fab!

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    1. Thanks so much Miss J!

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  19. It's beautiful!!! I love your style..

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