Thursday, June 9, 2011

Derek Lam Knock-off in red linen

This dress was my inspiration and I cut it out of Lucky Magazine. It is Derek Lam + ebay, though I don't know who that is. The partial heading next to it says "designer outfits with money left over in your purse!" But the dress, made of denim, costs.....

wait for it.....


195 bucks!!! Oh my lord! So I went to Jo-Ann to look at denim, and then I realized that was stupid. Denim is heavy and hot. The air in New Orleans is heavy and hot. That is not a smart combo. So I looked around and bought some red linen instead. It's a nice blue-red, not an orange-red. 

This really was an adventure of the dress, as Stephanie calls it. We went to take picture with some flowers, but then I looked at them and the straps were too long, so I re-tied them. Then the light on the balcony was dark, and then we went to NOMA, the art museum. It's kind of a mixed bag. I need to not slouch like a sloth all the time. 

It has self-lined tie for the front and back, the front have one dart each. It has a waist band and an 8 gore skirt. Hemmed on the machine, handpicked zipper. 
 Pretending to study ceramics.
 Out in the sculpture garden, by a giant spider!
 Andrew made me do this!

 The sides also meet in a point, but don't go down as far.
Molly's Ews:

The skirt started as a 4 gore, but was snug and sausagey instead of full. I went back and bought another 3/4 of a yard and then made eight pieces that tapered to a narrower top.

Overall:

This was a piece of cake to make. It's slightly boob-tacular, so I wouldn't wear it everywhere. However, it is  a nice summery, cool dress and it looks very much like what I tried to copy. Success!

14 comments:

  1. This is so impressive, you're so good at drafting your own patterns! The dress is really stunning on you!

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  2. Hahaha! I love the photo of you laughing with the statue. It's classic. And the dress is lovely! Great job!!!

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  3. I love the dress! The red is super fun for the summer :)

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  4. I love it more than the original! Did you use a pattern or draft it yourself?

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  5. I love how this turned out! The red is fabulous and this is much better than the original, I think :)

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  6. WOW!!! This is a stunner of a dress. Great idea to do it in linen and the red looks wonderful on you. It definitely looks like a designer dress. Well done!

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  7. wow that's such a great dress!!! i might need to knock off your version for me! :)

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  8. "So I went to Jo-Ann to look at denim, and then I realized that was stupid." - that line made me laugh. Thanks :)

    Great dress and you made a good choice with the fabric. That's neat you were able to pull off a knock off so well.

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  9. You always inspire me Molly. This is such q cute dress. I love the photoshoot.

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  10. What a great dress, am very impressed with your pattern drafting. I really need to give it a go myself.

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  11. omg how pretty!! i love the color you picked!! it looks fantastic on you :) i always wish i could wear stuff like this, but i am not one to go out in public without a bra. haha!

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  12. BEAUTIFUL...YOU DID A GREAT JOB!

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  13. Beautiful. I love the way the sides meet in a point, maybe I will try that on a future dress.

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  14. I love that red! It's a great color for you and the dress is smokin'.

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