Red Carpet Copycat: Marion Cotillard in Dior
So… this jacket was sent to me by blogger Being Zhenya as part of a blogger swap organised by Martyna at Spoolish and Miche at Buttons and Birdcages about two years ago. Two years?! Yes, I know it’s been a while, sorry Zhenya. I asked her for something to refashion and she sent two great items from the thrift stores of Minneapolis. I’m a bit sad that it’s taken me this long to get to it, but the package didn’t arrive in time for the original post deadline so it went onto the back burner.
Anyway, it’s a poly-rayon women’s blazer in a brilliant cobalt blue.
It’s well used and looks a bit sad on the stand.
There are a minimum of features – no lining, only one button, no cuff detail, no shoulder pads – there aren’t even any real pockets.
Of course, as soon as I saw those pocket flaps, I was like – DIOR FALL 2012 – well, in my defence, it was November 2013 at the time.
Here’s Marion Cotillard wearing the object of our copycat affection in November 2012. It has a lace skirt and jacket style bodice with lapels – and pocket flaps!
I started by removing the sleeves and I also cut off the button and the pocket flaps, playing with the overlap to see how much it could be overlapped without significantly affecting the collar roll line. I didn’t get a photo of it, but there are two darts under the collar that meet the shoulder, so I didn’t want to expose those by moving the lapels too much.
I tried it on in front of the mirror and marked the amount of overlap with pins, as well as new dart positions on the front and back, and how much to take it in on both sides. The collar/lapels were unchanged.
After sewing the darts, I cut it off below the waist and reassessed the overlap, the side seams and the shoulder points.
I joined the left front and right front together with a line of stitching under the lapel (line of pins at centre front below).
You can’t really tell that the fronts are sewn together.
I tried it on again to mark the armhole shapes.
I was going to bind the edges but decided in the end to cut a pair of facings for the armholes. I had to cut these from the sleeves as they ended up being quite big. I applied fusible interfacing to the facings for stiffness. As an aside, you can also see below that there was actually a minimal amount of lining near the original cuff!
The facings gave a nice clean edge to the armholes.
I reattached the pocket flaps at the waistline and basted them on.
For the skirt, I scoured ebay to find some lace in a similar colour, and purchased a lining locally (a metre of each). I cut each in half down the fold line, joined them at the side and gathered both layers at the waist to make a simple dirndl style skirt.
I toyed with the idea of trimming the lace around the individual flowers but settled for folding the selvedge up and topstitching. It looks OK.
Note the side left open for the zip.
Here’s the finished dress:
And here it is on. With apologies for the indoor photographs. I wore this on a night out at Lima Floral with a couple of friends but sadly it was too dark for photos!
Back length looks a little long here – I may have to reevaluate. For the record, I am wearing a petticoat for extra skirt volume.
I decided on pink and gold accessories, just for fun. My bag looks like a pomeranian (it’s faux!!).
Awesome! Looks beautiful.
Thanks, Raquel! I appreciate your comment.
Bravo ! What a genius idea ! You’re beautiful !
Thank you so much! :)
Love this so much!
Thanks, Kanika, and thanks for reading!
I like the way you finish your work, it looks very professional. You certainly made a nice silk purse out of that sow’s ear.
Thank you so much! Such a kind comment. I’m happy with the dress and I think it shows!
You really do have the eye for taking the unloved and transforming it into something fab!
It’s my modus operandi ;-)
This one is really pretty. As a sewing novice with a hand me down sewing machine, I learn so much from this blog! I wish you had time to post every week!
I wish I had more time too, Tara, I really do. I’d love to post more frequently but won’t compromise on quality! Thanks for your continued support.
Beautiful transformation – I hadn’t noticed the lapels on the black outfit – a lovely detail to copy. I have a large pile of clothes from charity shops that I’m slowly working my way through refashioned.
Thanks, Chris! The lapels, and the pocket flaps, on the original were just too good to miss.
Thank you! :)
You’re so clever! That colour is great on you too.
Thanks very much! :)
Wow, beautiful job.
Thanks so much, Millie!
Amazing refashion! It looks amazing & your indoor photos are great – mine always look awful!
Thanks, Charlotte! I hate indoor photos but sometimes there’s no way around it when there’s a backlog of things to be photographed.
What a wonderful refashion — well done, you!!
Thanks so much, Margaret!
Wow! Like always, you are AMAZING!!! This is beautiful!!
Thanks so much MJ for your continued support. I’m so happy you liked this one as much as I did.
Lovely transformation! Definitely worth the wait 😀
Thank you so much, Jenni!
excellent work! bravo
Thanks, Evi! :)
That is a fantastic blue … and a designer original!
Haha, thanks for the idea, Dior! Thanks as always, for your support, Linda.
Gorgeous! Better in blue than in black even!
Thanks, Carissa, glad you like the blue! I think the original is navy…
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Check this blog out, she has such amazing seamstress skills. She creates so many beautiful things out of thrifted items. I am very envious of her talents and the results.
Thanks for the reblog – I appreciate it!
Thank you for all the referrals from my reblog of your silk scarf refashion. Cheers, Michele
Wow! Your refashions are super inspiring.
Thanks, Donna! Glad you’re enjoying reading.
Girl you have serious skills to go with your amazing vision! I mean really, to see this stunning dress in that sad blazer…you ROCK!!! And your nails and bag are awesome too!!!!
Ha, thanks! I am loving this new nail colour – it’s like opaque white with a hint of pink.
I love it! Such a brilliant refashion.
Thank you so much! :)
really great!such a good idea and such a lovely result!
Thanks, Martina! And thanks for commenting!
I love this. One of my favourite refashions so far. It really looks like the original and is a very fun dress. Lovely. Xx
Thank you – I am really pleased with it!
wow, this is a brilliant refashion! the finished dress looks amazing :)
Thanks Beth, and thanks for reading! :)
Beautiful dress. This is one of my favourite refashions.
Thanks so much, Camilla! It’s one of my favourites, too!
gorgeous – didnt expect it to turn into a dress, great you got the colour match and all – brillian job
Thanks, Eimear – I took a chance on the Ebay lace and it paid off, although it isn’t quite perfect, it’s passable.
Wow, this looks great! I love the shade of blue, and using Dior as your inspiration is genius!
Hi Amelia, thanks for commenting. I love Dior and will certainly be paying them a visit when I win the lottery.
Oh! That’s lovely! What a fab transformation! I am in awe of how you come up with the ideas. It’s a lovely shade of blue and the lace skirt just looks lovely. Popping in as part of my 300 blog comments in 30 days challenge.
Hi Linda, I appreciate the comment. I’m keen on this shade of blue as an alternative to navy. Good luck with the challenge!
You are a genius. What a beautiful transformation.
Hi Nancy – thanks for the kind comment!
This? This is so beautiful. As always, I am in awe of your skills.
Aw, thanks! That means a lot.
As always, your work is stunning. Congratulations.
Thanks Kim, you are too kind! :)
Wow! Love the dress, and that colour really suits you. Great colour match on the lace too. I’m trying to figure out why the original jacket looks so drab yet the colour is almost electric blue, must be the style. Great job!
Anything that’s badly fitted can look drab, no matter what the colour. And also the lighting probably didn’t help in that picture!
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I love this refashion. Just a great reminder that something simple (and a bit frumpy) can turn into something magical.
Thanks for the reblog, Cassandra! Glad you liked this dress as much as I did.
Gorgeous! You have a great eye for interesting designs and such an amazing talent for recreating them!
Thank you my dear! x
I love this dress!! I’m so impressed at how you look at this blazer and think… hmmm dress! That’s talent
Haha, and I looked at the Dior dress and thought hmm… blazer! Thanks for reading.
Looks fab! wear heels darling…Jo x
Will do, sometimes the feet need a rest though
Amazing !!!! I love it !
Thank you so much! :)
Total success! Gorgeous dress. You can take on any couture creation!!
Thanks for commenting Stephanie! Glad you liked it.
Gorgeous!! And my favourite colour, too.
Mine too, Deb! Thanks for the comment.
Ho.Ly.Cow. You are incredible.
Thanks so much, Dayla – and thanks for reading!
This is fab. What a clever idea. X
Thanks Claire, I had a lot of fun making and wearing it!
Better late than never :D
Looks great – you are so talented! The color looks so great on you.
HAHA only 2 years late!!! I am a terrible swap partner ;-)
I would make it shorter, as I like short, but in general it is super cool idea!
Stunning dress. I even loved the way the pocket flaps was intgrated in your design. Genius!