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My ikat linen Donna Karan dress

Added Nov 2, 2010

by gabcorb

Sydney, Australia






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.




Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Other
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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