Floral and Lace Panel Dress Inspired by Clements Ribeiro

For March, the Mood Sewing Network challenge was to sew something “inspired” by the spring ready-to-wear collections with our monthly allowance.  I chose a Clements Ribeiro that I saw on Net-A-Porter.com.
My inspiration:
I chose Clements Ribeiro because I wanted to highlight a lesser-known designer.  And, I love this dress!
I was drawn to the fabulous floral print and the back lace panels.  As you know, a fabulous (non-knit) print for spring is hard to find.  But luckily, I found this stunning black and white cotton-lycra medium weight twill at Mood Fabrics.com.  Along with this beautiful Anna Sui stretch floral lace.
For my look, I used Simplicity 1873 for the bodice.  The front of the bodice is lined in a lingerie tricot fabric from my stash.  The back is lace and (obviously) unlined.  I did however interface the zipper area.  The back neck and armholes are just turned over and hemmed with a 5/8″ allowance.
For the skirt, I used Burda Style 6955, view D.  Now this is a petite pattern.  Any petite pattern can be “un-petited” with alterations.
How to "un-petite" a Petite Skirt Pattern. -- Erica B.'s - DIY Style!
I added 3″ at the hip line and 3″ near the bottom, above the curves.
The skirt is also fully lined.  The pieces attached beautifully.  The is fabric is incredible.  It has a slight crisp hand and also a comfortable amount of stretch that is perfect for fitted dresses, skirts and pants.


  • Jenny
    April 1, 2014

    What a great imitation! You did such a great job and the fabrics you used are beautiful

  • Peter
    April 1, 2014

    This is so much prettier than the original! What a beautiful dress — it really looks fantastic on you. I love the red shoes with the black and white!

  • oonaballoona
    April 1, 2014

    fab. u. lous. this is the curved bottom i wanted on my orange skirt…now that i see yours i hear the seam ripper calling my name…

    truly a knockout erica!!

    • Erica B.
      April 2, 2014

      I love the hemline too! Thanks Oona!

  • carolyn roemer
    April 1, 2014

    Beautiful fit and love the flounce and back dip of the skirt. You may have been inspired by Ribeiro, but I like your take on the dress better . Maybe because I can’t see myself in something so short. However I have a blouse with black mesh that I think I’ll take the time to change to lace. I love all the laces on the market these days and you make it possible to visualize a new use for them without getting too dressy.

    • Erica B.
      April 2, 2014

      I would love a casual top with a lace back too! Thanks Carolyn!

  • Ginger
    April 1, 2014

    What a fun dress! Love the inspiration dress, and love yours!

  • Lori
    April 1, 2014

    Beautiful dress and I really like how you incorporated two paterns with changes to make such a beautiful garment.

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 1, 2014

    Fantastic, Erica! The lace, the floral, the ruffle combined with those red shoes are runway worthy!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    April 1, 2014

    Erica, this is very flattering…and I think your designer knock-off is the best here on the Mood Sewing Network. I want a dress like this for Easter!

    • Erica B.
      April 2, 2014

      MB, everyone did a fabulous job! Thanks!

  • Sallie
    April 1, 2014

    So stunning!! I love the lace panel detail! What a gorgeous cocktail dress!

  • Fiona
    April 2, 2014

    Perfect perfect combination of fabrics! Excellent choice and it looks great on you

  • Amanda S.
    April 2, 2014

    This is fabulous Erica! Great fit too.

  • Diana
    April 2, 2014

    OOH! I love it! Great floral print and that laceback is gorgeous!

  • Gorgeous dress, and what a great surprise to see the back! Really, really pretty. And the shoes? Fantastic go-with! I’m not usually a big fan of high/low hems, but there is something about yours that I actually really like!

  • Rose/yarnivore
    April 2, 2014

    This is wonderful! I also like it more than your inspiration piece — yours is so much more wearable, and you manage to look *comfortable* in couture!

    • Erica B.
      April 3, 2014

      Thanks Rose and it is pretty comfortable!

  • Cennetta
    April 4, 2014

    Beautiful, Erica. I was anticipating what you would make for the designer challenge. I knew it would be spectacular! Love, love you “designer” dress. Two snaps up!

  • Erica B.
    April 6, 2014

    Thanks Cennetta!

  • Elizabeth Brennan
    April 9, 2014

    Fabulous – as with all your makes I love the slamming fashion element of them – the lace back it just perfection!

    • Erica B.
      April 10, 2014

      Thanks Elizabeth!

  • onyee
    April 10, 2014

    Gorgeous dress! I love the party in the back. Fabulous job!