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My ikat linen Donna Karan dress

Added Nov 2, 2010

by gabcorb

Sydney, Australia

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Description

This is my wearable muslin version of Vogue Donna Karan Collection pattern V1175 – from the diagrams and pattern pieces I couldn’t tell if I’d need to make adjustments, and if so, where, so I made it as is in a cheap fabric.

As others have mentioned, openings under arms are a bit low, and the neckline was a little low on me (could be my material). The only real change I made was to omit the puffed hem ie to not attach skirt hem to lining hem – just found this would have made the dress shorter than I’d like it. Anyway, it’s an unusual dress; I’m really enjoying wearing it and looking forward to making it again in a block colour fabric.

PS my pics show the hem not quite finished – this task has since been completed :-)

Material Notes

Ridiculously cheap mock-ikat printed linen from Pichon in Willoughby, Sydney, cotton voile lining, and cotton/poly Gutermann thread. The fabric tended to move and stretch so this was my biggest challenge – throughout the sewing process I had to keep checking cut pieces of material against pattern pieces and fixing them up where they had grown or changed shape.

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

Season
Summer
For
Women
Garment Type
Dress
Style
Beach, Casual, Other
Material
Cotton, Linen

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    Nov 7, 2010, 03.21 PMby wzrdreams

    Wow! I LOVE this version! I’m partial to ikat prints and I can imagine that the linen makes it very wearable. I think I’d like to give a printed easy fabric a try now.

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      Nov 8, 2010, 01.21 PMby gabcorb

      Oh thank you!! Well, it feels like summer here in Sydney and yes, in linen it is proving to be very wearable – kind of a good weekend dress… If you like the different look I think you should definitely make it again in a print – second time round will be quicker! I really want to make it again in a solid like yours BUT there are just so many other patterns I want to get to too!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 01.33 AMby kelepso

    The fabric’s pretty

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      Nov 6, 2010, 01.25 PMby gabcorb

      Thanks – I wish it was a better quality fabric though, it may still ‘grow’.

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    Nov 2, 2010, 11.49 AMby owlache

    Love it! My favorite things have been made out of a cheap muslin test fabric.

    That’s petty nice “cheap” fabric too

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      Nov 6, 2010, 01.26 PMby gabcorb

      Thanks; funny how that happens isn’t it! Hopefully that means the ‘real’ version can also work well??? I don’t know yet!

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