3/3/13

Garnet Hill Knock-off

Remember a few weeks ago when I tackled a Garnet Hill knock-off only to be distracted into making a couple of different tops?  Well, I finally came back to the original project this week.  This is the dress I wanted to copy:


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Garnet Hill Athena Knit Dress

(And, by the way, I see that the dress is now on sale in the larger sizes, should be you want to just buy one, but what's the fun in that?!)

It took another three tries to get that drapey thing under the midriff band, but I think I finally got it right:


Yes, I really am trying to pose like the Garnet Hill model without going out in the cold!


 I think I want to play around a bit more with the proportions - I think the bodice needs to come down another 1/2" to 1" and the midriff band could be a big less wide - but overall, I think it's quite close!

I used the bodice and midriff band from Cake's Tiramisu pattern, the skirt from Sew U Home Stretch, and did some playing around with rectangles of fabric until I got the draped piece the way I wanted.  Is there such a thing as floor draping (as opposed to draping on a dress form)?  If not, well then I just invented it.  Now I just need a name for it because "floor draping" doesn't sound very professional.  Zero-Gravity Draping?  Flat Draping?

The fabric was part of my birthday haul from GorgeousFabrics.com and it is lovely.  I have enough for something else . . . another 2580/0172 combo?

I got motivated when I realized that Pattern Review was having a competition to replicate a RTW item, so I finished it just in time to enter it in the contest.  If you are a member, you should go vote for someone - there are some impressive garments in the competition!




15 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks just like the Garnet Hill one! Cute!

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  2. Hey, I think your dress looks better than the one from Garnet Hill! Very vice!

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    1. I meant nice!

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    2. Wow, thanks! I think it needs a little work but I might be too close to it now!

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  3. I think you nailed it, except that yours is better!

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  4. Beautiful dress, you definitely got the look - and the fabric is gorgeous. ;-)

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    1. I love all the fabric at GorgeousFAbrics - I really have to watch myself when I look at their stock online. And I'm glad to have found your blog now!

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  5. What a lovely job and the dress looks absolutely wonderful on you.... if you want to shorten the midriff, you have the perfect amount already there to ruche up a bit... just like the original...

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  6. This is amazing! And oh I love that colour you've used. Well done!

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    1. Thanks! Right now we have a snowstorm raging outside so I think it's going to be a while before I can wear it!

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  7. Wow that is good copying :) How about a tute on it ;)

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