Thursday, August 4, 2011

Vivenne Westwood Inspiration

I've wanted a dress like this ever since I saw a Vivienne Westwood dress awhile back. I tried to make the Twister Dress and failed.

I pulled out the LJ Designs pattern called the Seaside T for a shirt a couple weeks ago, I realized I could use that pattern and just lengthen it. It's much more large bust friendly. I found a link for the pattern and it looks like it's still available.

Seaside T

For the shirt version I made, I cut out a Size 3 which is smaller than my measurments but I wanted it to stay up on my hips. For the dress, I cut out a Size 4 because I didn't want it snug and to feel like a sausage casing on my hips. The first picture is the full length, maybe not quite because it still had some droop to! I cut it long because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. I realized it wouldn't stay up on it's own but I didn't want to do elastic so I made a tie which holds it up perfectly.

Also this pattern calls for the shoulder to have a slit but for this one I didn't do it. On my last version I did the slit.

Previous Version

I absolutely love this dress. I wore it last weekend and got a ton of compliments on it from total strangers.

This week I'm off work. I don't call it vacation because it includes lot's of "Hey Mom, I'm bored!" I have managed to get some sewing done. I'm calling it my Week of Shirts! I've made a top every day since Monday. Albeit simple ones from the same pattern but man I really need shirts. I make too many dresses. Hopefully, I'll get another one done today and one tomorrow and then will post them all at once.

I'm not sure what the issue with formatting is!!! I didn't do anything different but I can't seem to get it right plus I've had about 18 "Whatcha doin's?" during the process of trying to post.


Amanda S. said...

What a fun dress! I love it in that wide stripe.

Victoria said...

Cool dress! It looks so trendy and is very flattering on you:)

Anonymous said...

Love this! Thanks for the inspiration as I purchased 5 yard of fabric that looks just like this from Joann's about three months ago and didn't have a clue what to do with it (until now). I think I paid less than $5 for all 5 yards. According to Joann's it is "damaged", but an employee and I went through it thoroughly and only found a small pin-size hole and some fading along the selvedges...Go figure! Again, thanks for the inspiration.

Dana said...

Great dress! I just bought McCall's 6400 for a top and didn't realize until I got home it was assymetrical. I was going to even it out on both sides but now that I see your dress I may have to leave it alone...and go shopping for some stripes!

a little sewing said...

awesome dress! I love the stripes.