I just would not fork out the money for it. It is so unusual and pretty to me. The bodice is silk and if you look closely, you can see a bird on it. I obsessed, yes obsessed, over this dress, but I restrained myself. I set about looking for some fabric that would work for the bodice, but I could not find any, so I gave up. A couple of days ago I was looking for some cotton lawn fabric for a different item and came across this lovely fabric. It is quilting cotton, not silk, but it reminded me alot of the bodice of this dress. It is certainly not an exactly replica, but it just spoke to me. I debated over using a quilting cotton for the bodice of a dress, but I finally decided to give it a try. I asked for advice on patternreview and got some encouragement.
I am thinking about using a pattern I have similar to this one. I can't find my pattern that I have online, but this one is very close.
I am going to do the skirt of out of this Bussells Washer Linen Black that I ordered today from fabric.com. It is a rayon/linen blend. I do not like 100% linen because it is too wrinkly for my taste.
I am also going to use this fabric for the skirt of another anthropologie knock off I am planning. I attempted back earlier last year to sew the "Swinging Sweetheart Dress", but I made a bad fabric choice and really a bad pattern choice, so it did not work out.
Over at patternreview again--I know I drive them crazy, but they are so helpful and nice---I asked for help finding an appropriate pattern. Someone suggested a Burda Style pattern from an 11/2007. It is perfect, but finding the magazine was another thing. I just kept checking ebay until it became available. I still have to do the scallops at the waist of the skirt, but I found a Threads magazine article that is very helpful. For the bodice I am going to use Charmeuse Satin Baby Pink that I ordered from fabric.com.
I am also about to sew my first Colette pattern. I really love the Macaron pattern that I got as a Christmas gift.
I had no clue what type of fabric or look I wanted to go for with this dress until I saw a similar dress over at the wonderful blog, Vintageglammz.
used with permission from Vintageglammz
Isn't her dress lovely? As soon as I saw it I thought about the Macaron pattern. For the main part of the dress I am going to use this cotton lawn from fabric.com.
For the bodice I am going to use a black charmeuse from fabric.com
I had seriously considered using a black tulle fabric like the lovely blogger's dress, but I am going to be teaching in it, and I thought that might be a bit dressy. I really do like the tulle, though.
Lastly, I bought two Shetland Wool fabrics from fabricmartfabrics.com that I have been salivating over for awhile. I got an email that today is the last day they will be 50% off, so I knew I had to buy them. The discount shows up when you place them in your shopping cart. I don't know what I will make with them, but they are so pretty and "colonial" looking that I just had to have them.