My inspiration for this dress was the El Capitan Dress by Shabby Apple. They have some really cute vintage inspired clothing, and I love to peruse their website for ideas. The clothes are too pricey for me- this dress was $86, but I’ve taken to doing some copycatting. My version was a good bit cheaper- I think I paid about $15 for the remnant of wool suiting I used, and the patterns I based it off of were ones I already had.
I did a good bit of franken-patterning to get this guy together. The skirt is a By Hand London Charlotte Skirt, the Top is a Deer and Doe Belladone, the sleeves are the adorable little scalloped sleeves from Collette’s Macaron, and finally the peplum is a self drafted half circle. I’ve gotten quite a bit of mileage out of these three patterns- see my other two Belladones here and here, and my Macarons here and here (though only one with sleeves). The Charlotte skirt I have made a couple of times but never been thrilled with and so haven’t blogged any of them. The pattern has some fit issues on me which I did not manage to solve even on this third go round, but luckily they are hidden by the peplum.
I really love the half circle peplum- I have made a couple of gathered peplums in the past and I think the circle is much more sleek- It doesn’t add as much bulk at the waist. I also must admit that I read several blog posts about how to determine the correct length for a peplum- apparently it should just skim the top of your hips. In order to add a bit of contrast to the dress, I finished the neckline and lined the sleeves with some 30s reproduction fabric, which peeks out of the sleeves when I’m wearing it.
I finished the whole thing off with a chunky exposed zipper (and may this trend never end!). I think the dress turned out really beautifully overall, but it does have some fit issues. As with my other Belladones, the back gapes pretty badly, so I usually wear a cardigan with it to hide that. I think it may be time for to retire this pattern, because I just can’t figure out how to fix this gaping and it drives me nuts. That’s all for now kiddos, but stay tuned later this week for a post about my fresh new (well, used if we’re being honest with ourselves here) Rit dyed coat!