Saturday, August 3, 2013

NewLook 6048 vs. Cake 0169






When we were in Brisbane I fell in love with a Hell Bunny dress. At the time it was too much money and I didn't have time to try it on so decided to copy cat it.


Its a real frankenpattern, the skirt is the pavlova circle skirt and the bodice started life as Newlook 6408. I'm not sure how much of that pattern is left though! I used my bodice block to adjust the princess seams, added a midriff band and shirred the back. I added on the bodice collar band too (is that what they are called?)


The fabric is from fabric.com its a little thicker than I would have liked, almost feels like a soft quilting cotton but it did sew up beautifully and has a nice drape on the skirt.


I self lined the bodice and left the skirt unlined


I cheated and got the piping from fabric.com too and the buttons are self cover ones.


I'm really happy with the fit, I did a couple of muslins for the bodice - I'm finally realising they take less time than fiddling with the fit later on! Its the first time I've really used the bodice block to adjust a dress and it worked surprisingly well and lots quicker than pin fitting and doing a FBA. The front could probably be dropped by a little but I've only tacked the straps at the back so I might loosen them slightly yet.

Twirly!

33 comments:

  1. What a cool dress! I love the contrast piping and the little collar-band thing-y (I'm not sure what they are called either).

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  2. Success! That bodice is gorgeous, I can totally see why you wanted to make this dress :)

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  3. What a great copy! It fits you perfectly. Well done!

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  4. This is sooooooo lovely! The details are spot on from the inspiration dress and I love the twirl factor!!!

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  5. This dress is fantastic!!! you need to make more like this, you really suit this style. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! xxx

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  6. Your dress is amazing! Really nice finish on it, and it suits your figure superbly! Congrats on choosing a great dress to "frank".

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  7. Oh I love this on you- sharp work!

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  8. Your dress is gorgeous - probably fits a lot better than the original. The piping is perfect.

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  9. That dress is super - the bodice looks like a perfect fit, and the piping just adds so much to the overall look! Well done on whipping it up - very you indeed. Glad the bodice block is coming in handy...J

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  10. GREAT copy! GREAT fit! I, too, have learned that muslins are my friends.

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  11. beautiful work! what a skillful creation - enjoy wearing it!

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  12. How gorgeous is that. Love the dress - great work with the piping (even though purchased it is put in well). There is a contest in the blogsphere for copying - can't remember where though.

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  13. Gorgeous dress!! A perfect knockoff - and better than the muse, because it's a perfect fit too! :)

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  14. Wow that is gorgeous, and suits you perfectly. The piping! The slanty pockets! The fold over thingy at the bodice! What a great job, and better than the original, your details are terrific.

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  15. What a beautiful job you did! I love all of it.

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  16. Awesome dress and fit. Piping is perfect. I'd be super happy if I could sew like you!

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  17. How wonderful. A beautiful twirly dress. Great detailing.

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  18. Holy monkey hats, Suze! This is FREAKING AWESOME! I am having serious crazy dress envy here- this is magnificent! I am in awe!

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  19. Brilliant copy - better than the original probably too because of your fitting skills. Twirly indeed!

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  20. AAAA you look fantastic! I love your version of that dress! Actually, I think I like yours better. Looks better without the bad at the bottom, and I personally don't like halter straps. Nice job, making it your own. :)

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  21. Found the copy cat contest

    http://i-heart-fabric.blogspot.com.au/p/copy-cat-challenge-2.html

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    1. Thanks Beajay, I'll email her :)

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  22. It's adorable. You look great in that dress.

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  23. that is a fantastic version of your inspiration piece :o) You look fabulous!

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  24. ABSOLUTELY FAB!!! I want one for myself. I would wear it once a week. I've never done smocking before. Any helpful hints?

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  25. Oh what a great copy job! It looks fantastic on you! I lot the red piping.

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  26. This is just stunning! I love the piping and button details. This dress is total win.

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  27. Wow! You did a real nice job on this dress. I absolutely love all the piping. Great print and perfect fit! Your right about making the muslins. Its so much easier in the long run. Not only the fit but it also works out any bugs you might have just sewing it together. Have a sewtastic Saturday!

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  28. Visiting you from the copy cat challenge :) Lovely dress. You have copied it perfectly. I am participating in it too ! Nice to meet you. I blog here - TheHobbyHarbor

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  29. I meant to comment on this earlier - it looks WONDERFUL Suzy! You've done such a beautiful copy but more importantly you have fitted it to yourself superbly. What a great job!

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