I scored big time finding this beautiful Carolina Herrera Leopard Printed Stretch Silk Twill from Mood Fabrics.
I ordered the fabric with a wrap dress in mind, but after the fabric arrived I came across a photograph of the Carolina Herrera original and decided to follow the style of the designer with a close fitting dress.
I reached for a favorite pattern I have made twice before. Vogue 9047 (now out of print but available on Etsy and other online sources).
While the ‘original’ dress is a sheath, my dress features an empire waist giving me more control with the fitting through the bodice.
The fabric is impeccably thin, lightweight and slightly translucent, and the C Herrera dress is fully lined. It also features a back zipper.
A zipper was unnecessary with this pattern and I’m glad I did not disrupt the design of the fabric.
What I’m loving about the fabric is the clever placement of the light and dark patterns. They are designed to fall symmetrically around the garment. I chose the same placement as the ‘original’ but assume the darker area could be placed front and center.
Because I ordered for a wrap dress I have a little leftover and hope to squeeze a top out of the remaining fabric. While I enjoy being creative with fabrics, I decided Carolina knows best on this one, and there was no reason to reinvent the wheel.
Just another dress? No way! One never forgets her first Carolina Herrera 😉
Many thanks to Mood Fabrics for stocking this phenomenal fabric!