Oscar de la Renta Summer Dress

 

Top Ten Reasons To Sew Another Summer Dress

10. The last one was too big.

9. I’m eager to make another muslin.

8. Too hot to wear anything else.

7. I’m on a quest to perfect the hand-picked zipper technique.

6. No buttons or buttonholes to sew.

5. Fabric requirement almost the same as a top.

4. Slim silhouette makes me look taller.

3. Cleaned out closet and the emptiness is disturbing.

2. Need something new to wear for my 30th wedding anniversary tomorrow. (You read that correctly.)

And the number one reason to sew another dress ………………

I couldn’t pass up this beautiful Oscar de la Renta cotton from Mood Fabrics!

oscar de la renta cotton

 

Boy, did I fall hard for this designer cotton twill fabric in my favorite color! It is one of the first fabrics I pinned onto my Mood Board since Mood launched its great new website.

After making my last dress too big, I was determined to get the Vogue 2864 pattern right on my second try, and I believe I did.

No carelessness this time!

oscar de la renta cotton dress

Before I cut the first snip, I went out and bought the only alteration book I could find, The Complete Photo Guide to PERFECT FITTING by Sarah Veblen. I own others but desired a fresh approach and I got one through applying the principles of WEDGES.

An open wedge cut in the front bodice pattern provided additional length allowing it to hang straight.

cotton dress pattern

Two closed wedges in the neckline eliminated the gaping,

oscar de la renta cotton

and cutting the final closed wedge at the waistline reduced the bulk in the back.

oscar de la renta cotton dress

I’ve been enlightened by these easy alteration techniques!

oscar de la renta cotton dressThe front of the dress is embellished with medallions I received in Aunt Maggie’s surprise box. Clorox worked wonders in less than 30 minutes on the yellowish beige appliqués, which I attached by both hand and machine.

In the beginning I thought I needed to justify making yet another summer dress since I have plenty. But ultimately it wasn’t about the dress as much as it was about achievement and conquering my shortcomings. The outcome is one of my favorite dresses ever.

:)

“Is that a Lilly Pulitzer you’re wearing?”

oscar de la renta cotton dress

“No, it’s Oscar de la Renta.”

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Comments


  • Margarita
    June 24, 2013

    Great job and tips! I feel inspired! Thanx a ton for posting!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 24, 2013

      Thanks, Margarita! It was a fun dress to make :)

  • Peter
    June 24, 2013

    Very lovely. The appliques are a great touch!

  • Lori
    June 24, 2013

    Gorgeous dress, I love that fabric, too. I really like the embellishment and we are celebrating our 30th anniversary this year, too.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 24, 2013

      Thanks, Lori and Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby!

  • Alanna
    June 24, 2013

    Congratulations on 30 years and a fabulous dress. I had great success with Colette patterns’ Laurel sheath which I’ve formed in cap sleeve, no sleeve and side zippers.
    how can I work when the itch to sew a new dress is on?

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 24, 2013

      Thanks, Alanna! Funny how the sewing bug can take over one’s life, huh?

  • Lauren
    June 24, 2013

    Looks pretty perfect to me! And yay, congratulations on 30 years! :D

  • Amanda S.
    June 24, 2013

    It fresh and pretty and perfect for summer! OdlR fabric is my favorite on Mood’s website – I have pinned quite a few of his fabrics.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 24, 2013

      Many thanks, Amanda! I love ODLR fabrics as well and will check out your board :)

  • pam
    June 24, 2013

    It is beautiful and thanks for sharing the book — I am going to get it. I love this dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 24, 2013

      Thank you, Pam! Fitting makes all the difference :)

  • Carolyn
    June 24, 2013

    This is such a pretty summer dress! Love the applique embellishment. And if we couldn’t continue to make wonderful summer dresses I would have nuthin to wear!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 24, 2013

      Many thanks, Carolyn! I’ve turned in to a “dress girl” since I’ve started back sewing – can’t get enough!

  • Melonie
    June 24, 2013

    I love your dress! And your ”no, it’s Oscar de la Renta”. I love the Lily Pulitzer look and have been looking for good patterns and fabrics to make my own inspired look. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2013

      Thank you, Melonie! LP silhouettes are sleek and simple….. but hard to find in sewing patterns. Go figure :) Would love to know what patterns you use.

  • Ginger
    June 24, 2013

    Wow! This is fantastic! The fit is completely perfect– well done! Love the print, too! Happy 30 years– hope you’ve got a big celebration planned!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2013

      Thanks you so much! It all came together this time :)

  • Rachel In Red
    June 24, 2013

    What a great dress! You don’t really need an excuse to sew up a summer dress do you? There’s always more. Always! And this one just adds up to that. :)

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2013

      You’re right, Rachel! No more guilt trips for me :) Thanks for writing!

  • Cissie
    June 25, 2013

    Perfect! Fit and fabric. I, too, go weak in the knees over Oscar — in person and in fabric! Love the medallions, too.

    Congratulations on your anniversary. In this day and age, 30 years is quite an accomplishment. Of course, you’re from SC? Where else do they let you marry at age 10!

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2013

      I’d say Kentucky – where I was born :)
      Many thanks Cissie!

  • ThisisCarrie
    June 25, 2013

    I love buying trim, but I never quite know how to use it. That trim looks perfect on the dress! And the alterations made for a fantastic fit. Great dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      June 25, 2013

      Thank you, Carrie! Trim makes such a difference – I should use it more often.

  • Linda B.
    June 25, 2013

    I was taking a break from altering my Vogue 2864 pattern pieces and was so excited to come across this post! This dress is simply gorgeous on you! One question…when you say your final alteration was to cut a closed wedge at the waistline…did you take it out of the skirt back, bodice back, or both? Thanks in advance and congratulations on your 30th anniversary…coming up on 29 here!

  • Sarah Gunn
    June 25, 2013

    Hi Linda,
    I took the fabric out of the skirt back at the waistline by making a closed wedge. Lynda Maynard also demonstrates this on her Sew the Perfect Fit video on Craftsy. So easy and effective!
    Many thanks for writing!

  • MichelleSew
    June 26, 2013

    This a beautiful dress and inspired. GREAT JOB!!!

  • Diana
    July 1, 2013

    A very pretty and well-fitting dress.Love the embellishment and the fitting tips.

  • Catherine Keall
    July 4, 2013

    Hi, I love your OdlR dress but can’t find that Vogue pattern online. Do you have any other references for it please?

    • Sarah Gunn
      July 5, 2013

      Hi Catherine! I found this pattern on Etsy. Good luck!