A few years ago I bought a vintage Sonia Rykiel dress that fit me perfectly, but was a little short.
The design of the dress is a knitted sweater fabric with a high collar and short sleeves.
I decided to copy the design and make a similar dress.
I took measurements of my body (bust, waist, hips and desired length) and used these as guidelines. I always do this to ensure that the pattern I will draft from the garment will not be too small.
I drafted the shape of the dress in the first piece of my patter without the sleeve or neck collar- I think it is important to draft these separately so that the recreated design is true to the original garment’s construction.
Since the original dress is a knit- I was careful to select a material that had some stretch. The Rayon floral print I chose had a bit of lycra woven into it, so it had the stretch I was hoping for.
The final product is as follows:
I like the way the project turned out- although I am not pleased with the zipper I installed in the back. I hate zippers.
They rarely work for me, and I frequently end up with bulky zipper seams that pop up and look terrible to me- but of course in order to become good at installing zippers, I have to install many more zippers.
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