Replica Oscar de la Renta Petal Collar Dress

Oscar de la Renta Wool-crepe Dress - £1,450

Oscar de la Renta Wool-crepe Dress – £1,450

I can’t figure out which I like more about this dress, the vivid color or the innocent collar. Since I don’t have any kelly green fabric to play with (yet), I thought I would experiment with the sweet petal collar.

Beth from SewMamaSew posted a great article on finding similar patterns and taking a good look at the technical drawing. (image credit to Beth)

Vogue 8630

Vogue 8630

Vogue 8630 Technical Drawing

Vogue 8630 Technical Drawing

I had this pattern as it was the first dress I made when I was getting back into sewing. Here’s what the original dress looks like finished:

Vogue Pattern V8630 - Tulip Dress

Vogue Pattern V8630 – Tulip Dress

 

Vogue Pattern V8630 - Tulip Dress

Vogue Pattern V8630 – Tulip Dress

Besides extending and adding a curve to the ends of the collar, I also added pockets!

The fabric is part of a fabric haul from that was a present from my mom. (I think. I’ve had it awhile.)

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Pockets! How much do I heart pockets? All of the hearts.

 

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And now that fall is coming up, I can play with colored stockings a la Sarah Vickers.

fearthefactor.com interview with Sarah Vickers

feathefactor.com interview with Sarah Vickers

Blue Linen Dress

Here’s the latest dress I made. The fabric is blue linen from Walmart that my mom bought for me as part of a Christmas haul from Walmart. Thanks Mami!

I’ve been doing more and more self drafting patterns and while they’re getting easier to do, it’s still very much a challenge. Trying to connect darts and fitting a bodice to my weird sized body is difficult enough when I’m using patterns. Now I’m winging it and learning even more along the way.

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Pleated top dress with pockets.

Yeeeaaahhh, pockets.
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Close up of the pleats and me making silly faces or almost closing my eyes. (I’m terrible at selfies.)
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Yeah, yeah.

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Take-away: Pleats are difficult and probably just not a good idea in general with linen. Expect to iron A LOT, and then still have it not look as crisp after all. I also learned I’m not that big of a fan of linen. It was hard trying to make a form fitting dress with it and a quick search on Pinterest proves it isn’t the typical aesthetic for that kind of fabric. I am looking forward to maybe making a summer jacket out of it one day, but it’ll have to wait until next year.