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.)


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




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

Pleated top dress with pockets.

Yeeeaaahhh, pockets.

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


Yeah, yeah.

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.