A Knock Off Dress in the Making……..

I have just received some fabric in the mail to make a dress that I have been thinking about for ages, The Truly Me Chevron Maxi Dress by Bunnies Picnic. 
(the picture can be clicked on and is a link to the pinterest pin, but the dress can be found at it’s source here.) Other than the fact that the original dress is sold out which means I cannot get my hands on it anyway, the main reason I wanted to make this dress rather than buy it, was because I didn’t feel like there was quite enough coverage in the top (mostly the back of the dress, but the front scoop neck is a little low for my taste too.) The original dress is made out of jersey, but I couldn’t find any knit fabric in the right sort of stripe, so I am using quilter’s cotton instead. 
I got the blue and cream faux shibori from Joann’s ages ago before we moved to Korea, but the stripe just arrived today from fabric.com. I know the faux shibori isn’t quite the same as the original dress, but I like it anyway, and this way I don’t have to dye anything 🙂 
Anyway, I am going to try to come up with a pattern for a top I like, and then will try to do a tutorial on my version of the dress. Any suggestions for keeping the spirit of the dress, while adding a little more coverage for a little girl to be able to play comfortably in??? 

  6 comments for “A Knock Off Dress in the Making……..

  1. May 7, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    I think if you just raise up the scoop neck she’d be able to run and play – the straps look like a double bias tape strap (one around the arm hole, one around the neckline) so they shouldn’t be too thin and fall down. You could add a bit of elastic on the back half of the strap to make sure it fits her and doesn’t slip down while she plays. I also find straps that cross in the back are less likely to fall, but I don’t know what the back of the dress looks like ;o) SUper cute, can’t wait to see!!!

  2. May 7, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I love the high-low hem trend. You could still get the look of a maxi but with out tripping over the skirt, can’t wait for the tutorial.

  3. May 7, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    You could shirr the back, and cut it straight across.

  4. May 8, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I love the faux shibori. I think it’s more visually interesting than the tie-dye. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  5. May 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

    it’s going to be gorgeous ~ looking forward to the tutorial 🙂

  6. May 9, 2013 at 1:30 am

    What about raising the bodice neck line (front and back) and making the straps a 2 inch strap. If sleeves are what you are going for, what about a little ruffle sleeve for a little shoulder coverage? Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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