After anthropologie clothing , my next favorite clothing is by Kate Spade--well, she and Nanette Lepore run neck and neck with each other. I can't afford either one, but I can try and sew knockoffs. A few months ago, I saw this ad for Kate Spade's "Jeanette" Striped dress and just knew I would have to attempt to replicate it at some point.
Isn't this the cutest print ad ever?!?!?!
As I was picking out fabric for my birthday last August, I found some that would work. It is not exactly like the Kate Spade fabric, but it is very close. My fabric is a silk charmeuse stripe from denverfabrics.com and has less white in it. Unlike alot of silk charmeuse fabrics, this fabric was not slippery at all to work with. It was backed with a white lining-type fabric that gave it body and made it easy to handle.
wrong side of fabric
I chose Butterick 5315-View A as my pattern. It is a shirtdress pattern but with a slightly different collar and sleeves from the original Kate Spade dress. The Kate Spade dress has pointed collar whereas B5315 View A has a round collar. Also, the Butterick pattern has capped sleeves instead of regular short shirt sleeves.
Kate Spade "Jeanette" Dress
The pattern was very simple to make and I followed the instructions exactly with no alterations. Because of the brightness of the dress I chose to wear a peach patent bow belt from Forever 21 and light yellow patent shoes from Payless. I also chose clear shirt buttons so that they would not compete with the colorful fabric.
The most difficult decision what what to topstitch the front placket with. I used peach rayon machine embroidery thread.