Saturday, February 23, 2013
Kate Spade Knock Off: New Look 6910
If there is one designer whose clothing I love to knock off, it is Kate Spade. See here, here, here, here and here. I love her pieces of clothing so much I just want to hug them. If I was a rich person, I would probably spend all my extra money on Kate Spade clothing. When patternreview announced their RTW contest last month, it was the motivation I needed to participate. Here is the pattern review.
The basic construction of the dress was very simple. However, the changes I made were a bit more involved. I spent several nights sleeping on how I would do the cut outs on the bodice. I finally decided to just shape some 1/4" double fold bias tape into teardrops, sew them onto the bodice, and then cut out the fabric from the center. The neck and armholes are also bound with the bias tape.
Back in 1999 when I learned to sew, I started with children's clothing. I did lots of smocking and lace shaping. I just used a similar technique for cutting out fabric from behind lace to cut out these shapes. There are also two cut outs in the back.
The New Look pattern calls for only lining the bodice, but I chose to line the entire dress in black polyester lining like the Kate Spade dress.
Shantung Sateen from fabric.com in the color Pride. I absolutely love this fabric and have bought it in several colors. I have plans for a future Kate Spade knockoff from some more of it. My plans are to wear this dress to church on Easter, if it is not too cold. Here is a better view of the front.