Christy Dawn copy-catting

a while back I got a bit obsessed with indie designer Christy Dawn’s beautiful vintage inspired designs. The lookbooks are basically like hipster catnip, with minimally made up models wandering around beautiful landscapes and climbing on old cars in gorgeous flowing cotton dresses.

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The website has a lot of crap about buying deadstock fabric and thus helping save the environment which I have to call bullshit on, but the designs are still gorgeous, and it’s cool that they are sewn up in the US. At around $200 per dress, the pricetag is a little rich for my blood (not that I begrudge them that- since I know better than most how much work goes into creating a garment). Also I’m not likely to pay for something as long as I can make it myself , so over the last few weeks I set out to do some Christy Dawn copycatting.

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Chambray Zinn-amo

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dress: me made; necklace: me made; belt: Anthropologie; shoes: thrifted

alright, I’ll admit it’s been a long blog break- but i’m back again with a bit of a backlog!  Today I’m sharing this lovely Zinn-amo that got a lot of wear this summer and fall. Obviously these photos were taken a few months ago, and the dress has now been put away for the season. Excited to break it out again in the spring, though!

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White Lace Vanamo/Macaron

 

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Poppy Print Vanamo Skirt

 

This was one of those makes that was a long time coming. The poppy print fabric sat hoarded in my stash for over a year before  I finally mustered the courage to cut it. As I usually do with a fabric I really love, I couldn’t decide what to do with it, and changed my mind repeatedly without ever breaking out the rotary cutter.

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Kielo Wrap Dress

My Named Clothing obsession continues with no end in sight. Today I bring you the Kielo wrap dress, made up in navy blue knit. The phrase secret pyjamas was made for this outfit. The knit was unlabeled, but it’s so soft and cozy I think it must be rayon. Plus, the tie front gives me all the joy of a maxi dress with none of  the pain of having to suck my gut in every time I get up from my desk at work to walk to the bathroom (which is frequently, because let’s be real, it’s iced tea season).

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Striped Silk Skirt

A while back I dug some striked silk dupioni out of the remnant pile at sewfisticated and knew that I loved it but couldn’t figure out what on earth I’d make out of it besides an absurdly unwearable party dress (got too many of those already, folks). I was going to put it back but my friend suggested it would make an excellently funky pencil skirt. Lo and behold, she was right.

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Scuba Batwing Top

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Scuba! I got this awesome thick scuba knit in the garment district when I was in New York a few weeks ago.  I bought it in two colors, and my initial plan was to make a colorblocked sheath dress out of it, but I knew that if I didn’t also make something with some body I would be wasting that scuba!

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