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« on: February 22, 2013 11:02:18 AM »

The inspiration: A $5K Chado Ralph Rucci knit jersey dress in amethyst purple, featuring snug, wrist length kimono sleeves and a long tie collar stretching to the hem of the dress, held together at the bust with a self fabric tube sewn into a coil. The ends of the tube are decorated with similar, smaller coils. A large quilted self fabric belt encircles the waist. The upper back features a yoke.


I used a royal blue jersey from Fabric Mart.

I choose Kwik Sew 3826 Misses dress & top as a starting point. I modified the tie and switched the set in sleeves to raglan sleeves. The raglan sleeves preserve the smooth line at the shoulder and were easier to draft than kimono sleeves. I knew the easiest way to handle the quilted waistband was to make it as a separate belt.

I made the tie coils by sewing a self-fabric filled tube, just a random width that I thought might work, then wrapping about the tube around the ties and tacking it in place, leaving a long, dangling tube tail. I made a smaller self-fabric filled tube for the tails, again just eyeballing the size. I looped the dangling tail back up into the coil and sewed the end in place. Now the self-fabric tube hung in a loop from the tie coil. I cut the loop into two tails, sewed the ends of the tails, and wrapped them with the smaller tube, making mini coils. I tacked the coils in place. Later, I decided that fabric glue was my friend, and ended up gluing the coils.

I drew on my experience making belly dance costumes to create the belt. The belt is four layers: the bottom or innermost layer (against the dress) is jersey, then there is a layer of heavy poplin, a layer of quilt batting, and a top layer of jersey. I am not very experienced at machine quilting or embroidery, so I opted for a simple design of lines echoing the cut of the belt. I experimented with the poplin to form a shape similar to the inspiration dress and used it as a pattern to cut the jersey and batting. I quilted the poplin, batting and top jersey layer together, placed the lining on top, sewed the edges and turned the belt inside out.

The quilted belt looks good on the plastic half mannequin. But, I do not look like the mannequin, so the quilted belt makes me look like a sumo wrestler.

The dress does need something there, I settled on some narrow blue braid.

I think my dress, with the quilted belt, is a good replica of the inspiration dress, considering the original cost $4,950 and mine cost under $25.
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« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2013 11:37:18 AM »

Wow.  Your's is lovely!!

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« Reply #3 on: February 22, 2013 04:13:51 PM »

Great job!


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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2013 02:44:03 AM »

Wow, that is amazing  Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2013 06:05:55 PM »

Fabulous work!  I actually like your creation better than the designer purple one.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2013 12:31:19 AM »

You have done very creative and fabulous job. Your creation is money saving as well as good looking, I love it. I think you should continue with your creativity.

« Reply #7 on: July 22, 2013 03:40:28 PM »

Wow! Your version is so spot on!
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2015 11:18:20 AM »

this purple dress is looking so sexy
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