This is my entry for the third round of Refashion Runway hosted by The Renegade Seamstress. You can click here to see what the other competitors made on this week’s ‘copycat’ theme – and vote for your favourites (me please!).
Longtime readers will remember my last take on the Stella McCartney bodycon dress, blogged here. This year’s take on it is the ‘Saskia’ dress from the Evening 2012 collection which has been worn by pretty much everyone, from Gwyneth Paltrow to Katharine Jenkins… to Victoria Pendleton to Tess Daly, in its various forms. I have been dying to recreate this dress since I first saw it but couldn’t decide on the right colour combination. The front is matte, but the back is sheeny stretch velvet (velour!) with transparent side panels.
My version will be made out of…. yes, T-shirts, but also….
…a velour tracksuit! This baby was £7.95 from the Sense shop in Deptford. I’m only using the trousers for this, I’ll have to use the top for something else.
I’m also using a very thick blue t-shirt, £3 from Richard House Hospice shop in Upminster, and this very thin beige t shirt which was £3 from the Octavia Foundation shop in Tooting.
I started with my jersey block. I’m still using the same block that I traced from an old dress back when I made the previous Stella McCartney bodycon number back in 2011.
Here’s a rough idea of what I did. I drew a waistline, separating the dress into a bodice and a skirt. I drew in the new curves for the back and front blue sections. This meant adding 8.5cm graduating to 2.5cm to the back from the waist down, and subtracting the same amount from the front.
For the bust shaping, I drew in a small dart of around 3.5cm. I realised the angle of the dart would be bringing my armhole curve lower down, so I added about3.5cm vertically to maintain coverage.
For the side (beige) piece, I drew a straight line from the back to roughly the bottom of the armhole and extended it by roughly the amount that had been taken from the front portion, then joined it to the waistline with a curve. I checked the curve length against the bodice front to check there was going to be enough coverage and adjusted it until I was satisfied.
My pattern looked something like this.
I cut my pieces from their various garments…
Made the darts in the bodice front…
And overlocked the curved seams holding the pieces together. There isn’t a zip in this, it’s stretchy enough to pull on.
I finished the neck and armholes with a very loose bind hem stitch which is almost invisible.
I finished the hem with a double needle.
Here are a rather gratuitous amount of images of the final dress. I wore this to an awards ceremony with friends recently and had great fun ‘modelling’ in front of the photo board. I paired it with a gold shiny belt and black and gold sandals. I even did my hair like Gwyneth.
If you liked this project, why not head over to Refashion Runway and vote for me?