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Oscar De La Renta Silk Dress

Well, whaddayaknow? It’s a fancy new dress! Now, I’m not usually a print gal, but when I saw this Oscar de la Renta raw silk at the Mood NYC store, I HAD TO FREAKIN’ HAVE IT. No question about it. I brought it home, petted it about 1000 times, then… could NOT decide what to do with it! My original plan was to make Simplicity 1873 (how cute would that have been?!), but the selvedge was only 36″, so I couldn’t quite make that happen. I knew I didn’t want to break up or detract from the print, but I also didn’t want my dress to scream “kimono” or look costumey, so I had a tough time choosing a new direction. My sister actually dug up the pattern on one of our “shopping trips” (i.e., talking on the phone and sending Etsy links back and forth on G-chat… #hipsterchicks). It’s Simplicity 5359from 1964, a simple shift dress with a little button-tab self-belt.

Oscar De La Renta Silk Dress

 

I spent AGES matching up the print and attempting to avoid any unfortunate pattern placement scenarios, with a reasonable degree of success, I think. In a perfect world, the side seams would match up as well as the back, but… well, this ain’t a perfect world (or lactose intolerance wouldn’t be a thing). I removed much of the ease from the back– I like the idea of gathering up the excess with the little belt, but in reality, it just looked messy and unintentional when I tested it in muslin. I also shortened the dress by 6″– maybe a little much, but hey, what’s a little leg between friends? Itโ€™s fully lined and I spent like a gazillion hours hand-stitching like a bossโ€”with fabric this special, it only seems right to treat it like a lady!

Oscar De La Renta Silk Dress

This is really different from what I usually wear, but I really like it! I’ve been trying to try new things and meet new challenges in my sewing lately, in no small part due to seeing what the other Mood Sewing Network gals have been up to. What about you guys– trying anything new lately? And how do you feel about large-scale prints? What would you make with a fabric like this?
Editor’s note: If you can’t make it to our stores to shop for Oscar de la Renta fabrics, here’s a pretty ODR floral silk twill that’s a favorite with Mood staff, customers and Project Runway designers.

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Comments


  • Amanda S.
    October 18, 2012

    This is an awesome dress, Ginger. I love the print and color and think you chose a great pattern for the fabric. The shortness is offset by the high neckline so the proportions are just right, IMO. I also love the print matching along the back and the belt that wraps all the way around and buttons on the sides. You don’t see that type of thing these days. Great job! Your attention to detail really paid off.

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks, Amanda!

  • Amy
    October 18, 2012

    Fabulous dress! I agree with Amanda that the proportions are just right and the belt with buttons is a perfect detail. I’m with you on pushing myself to try new things, much in part because I’m so inspired by the other MSN bloggers.

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks, Amy! You guys are so inspirational! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erica B
    October 18, 2012

    You did a superb job of matching the print at the seams! Sensational dress!

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks, Erica!

  • Cidell
    October 18, 2012

    This is SO CUTE. I love the print. And you did a brilliant job matching.

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks, Cidell!

  • Cindy
    October 18, 2012

    So pretty! Now I want that fabric even more. You did a great job!

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Ack! I’m so sorry! If I see more I’ll for sure let you know!

  • Alice
    October 18, 2012

    Your dress is perfect – so darling on you – I think you could go into business with this dress!!! Love it!

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Thank you so much, Alice!

  • Carolyn
    October 18, 2012

    Seriously fabulous! What a great print and a lovely dress!

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Thanks, Carolyn!

  • Samina
    October 18, 2012

    Wonderful coming together of print and dress design.
    What would I make with a print like this? Probably exactly what you made. Oh, wait, maybe narrow pants lined with organza?

    • Ginger
      October 18, 2012

      Ooh, I LOVE the idea of narrow silk pants! So cool!

  • Thewallinna
    October 19, 2012

    What a beautiful dress! Your hair-do makes you look like kokeshi and nicely complements the print and the style of your dress ๐Ÿ™‚ I think large-scale prints can be combined with plain fabric to create interesting visual effects.

    • Ginger
      October 20, 2012

      Thanks, Inna! I like the idea of combining prints with solids– great idea!

  • Karen
    October 20, 2012

    The dress is gorgeous! And, I think, the perfect length. I really like your shoes, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    (Lactose intolerance does suck, doesn’t it? I’m with you.)

    • Ginger
      October 20, 2012

      Thanks, Karen! Sigh… maybe someday we’ll be able to eat a block of cheese! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Diana Deap
    October 22, 2012

    This is just too cute and so are you! I love this and the belt and buttons add a certain, je ne sais quoi!

    • Ginger
      October 23, 2012

      Thanks, Diana!

  • Laura
    October 31, 2012

    Brilliant combination of fabric and design. Everything is right about this dress, and your attention to detail makes all the difference….also think this could be a fabulous evening coat, or a spring coat….Boy you Mood Bloogers are the Bomb!

    • Ginger
      November 6, 2012

      Ooh, I love the idea of a coat in a bold print! That would be perfect, especially for spring, after you’ve been bundled up in dark colors all through the winter! Love that!