Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Knock-Off---Almost there!

Thanks to those of you who have asked if I am still trying to do the knock-off  of this dress:

The answer is YES, but I had to take some time off to think about how I want to proceed to get that middle blue piece to have the crescent-shaped drape like the above image. I have studied patterns that have sort of the right look, and the new Threads magazine even had an article about making a hip drape which helped.

After much thought I decided to re-cut that middle pattern piece. Instead of curving around to fit the other pieces (like the dark line), I just cut it straight from the top (like the green dotted lines).
This worked much better. Since that straight piece was forced to curve it started draping like I wanted rather than laying flat on the body.     Here is the result
Don't know how much you can tell from the pic but there is a huge difference from my former "muslins" in the way that middle printed piece drapes nicely, just like I wanted.
Now I just need to re-cut the pattern so it will have the same proportions as the inspiration design.  Maybe I'll do one more "test model" before cutting out the REAL fabric.  I need to get to work if I'm going to enter it into the Pattern Review Knock-off Contest as it ends next week!   More later.                                                                           


  1. Looks like you are making progress! In any event, I like most of your dresses better than the original!

  2. The drape falls well and looks good. I'd wear it.

  3. I am now officially liking where this is going! Keep it up; I think it could look fabulous on you!

  4. Peg, I love seeing these progressions -- and I think you've got three really interesting dresses (even those that aren't exactly what you want for the knock-off). It's so much fun to see these develop!

    (I'm so glad you're posting, even though I haven't had a lot of time to comment.)