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Blue Meanie Dress (Donna Karan - Vogue 1175)

Added Sep 9, 2010

by wzrdreams

Brooklyn, New Yo...






Royal blue party dress made to wear to the wedding of my college roommate in Nova Scotia.

I made a size 14, based on my over bust measurement and then did a full bust modification that consisted of slashing and spreading from the CF to bust point, through the shoulder, and to the lower side seams. I added another pleat to the center front to accommodate the extra fabric. The extra pleat was below the original one which had the added benefit of lowering the bust point which is good since I am 5’10", not 5’6". Some people mentioned on patternreview that this dress is very low cut on the sides and front, but since I am tall this wasn’t a terrible on me, although I made sure to wear a pretty black bra that I didn’t mind showing a tad.

I love that this dress has pockets and that it is such an unusual shape. It was a little bit of a puzzle to put together, but I had a lot of fun.

Material Notes

Silk Taffeta, silk charmuese, silk cotton batiste, silk organza. I bought a lot of the fabrics on sale on 39th street in the NYC garment district. All the fabric and thread ended up costing me under $40.




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Cotton, Blends, Organza, Other, Silk, Taffeta

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    Jun 7, 2011, 06.33 PMby janul

    I love this so much! The color and most of all, the skirt and all the details are great :)

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    Oct 26, 2010, 01.21 PMby gabcorb

    Oh, this is a great pattern isn’t it – I made this recently too (yet to post pics though). You’ve done a really lovely job with it: it fits you so well and the contrast looks great!

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      Oct 26, 2010, 03.48 PMby wzrdreams

      Thanks! I look forward to seeing your version.

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      Nov 6, 2010, 01.52 PMby gabcorb

      My version is up now – in patterned linen though so it looks quite different. I’m keen to remake it in a fabric more like the pattern picture – and your pictures – but don’t know when!

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    Sep 10, 2010, 02.07 PMby brooklynstitch

    The color looks beautiful on you and you did a great job executing that pattern!

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    Sep 9, 2010, 07.05 PMby rokonela

    This is no ordinary dress. The lines, the cut, everything it’s just amazing. No wonder burda style asked you to do a pattern variation for their book :D You are very skilled and creative. I love your projects.

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      Sep 9, 2010, 09.34 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you so much! I’m very flattered. I must say though that I’m really just good at following directions and figuring things out. This dress was super fun and worth the attention to detail.

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    Sep 9, 2010, 03.28 PMby cantare

    It does look like a puzzle! Vogue has such cool patterns, and how I love Donna Karen. The color and the result are so gorgeous! Have fun at the wedding!

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    Sep 9, 2010, 06.20 AMby laura oprea

    Beautiful! Love the pattern, it looks so great

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    Sep 9, 2010, 06.19 AMby helluvaguy

    This looks awesome. An interesting pattern, reminds me a bit of the architecture of Frank Gehry. Did you use a darker shade of blue for the shoulders, or is that simply due to the lighting?

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      Sep 9, 2010, 01.59 PMby wzrdreams

      Yup, I had some darker charmuese in my stash. It’s closer to a purple navy blue. I think it makes a nice contrast and isn’t too matchy-matchy.

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    Sep 9, 2010, 02.57 AMby reneebies

    This is such a weird/ cool pattern. You did a good job.. it looks reallllly complicated.

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