|Version by Lela Rose, $800|
|Mociun original, $350|
Apparently I missed out on all the Mociun dress commotion of about 5 - 6 years ago. I wasn't blogging then, and I definitely was not spending $250 or more on a casual dress!
But earlier this week I just happened to see a bevy of real and faux Mociun's on Pinterest, including some made by sewing bloggers. Wow. I like this design.
So - off to my patterns to see what might work as a starting point for that bodice. I decided to use the Kwik Sew 3782 pussy-bow blouse. It has sleeves (which I want) and a v-neck with a tie.
This was a pretty easy alteration, I just had to think it through and keep track of my changes.
- The sleeves were the easiest part! I straightened the underarm by dropping the seam line straight down from the armhole.
- Shortened the bodice by about 2 1/2" above the natural waist marking on the pattern.
- Narrowed the bodice quite a bit, to end up with 39" across the bust and 35" at the lower edge.
- Fashioned the bodice front with a 3" opening at the lower edge, to allow for knotting the tie fairly tightly across the bust. I've seen other versions that left the 3" opening in the skirt instead of the bodice. But this approach works really well and doesn't hike up the skirt in front when it's tied.
|Finishing the lower bodice at center front - a 1/2" SA, folded under twice and topstitched.|
- The tie is 2 pieces, 8" wide by a yard long, cut on the bias and sewn together. Eventually I shortened it quite a bit. On this version, the tie is 11 1/2" long from the point at which it exits the bodice. And I might shorten it again by an inch or so.
- The skirt is two rectangles, 27" wide by 31" long, gathered and attached to the bodice. I crossed the bottom of the bodice by 1/4", before attaching the skirt.
- And put side seam pockets in the skirt, about 5" below the top edge.
|There's only light gathering of the skirt under the center front, to decrease bunching when the dress is tied.|
This cotton fabric is from Holly Lobby - and it drove me a little batty, because it had a persistent twist in it. Matching the print at the seams was harder than it should be. But - this version is a muslin, so I lightened up. I do like the print, though, and plan to get something similar from somewhere else!
I've also decided to take a couple inches off the hem on my next one.
This was a pleasant little project, and it kept me out of trouble for a week :-)
Hope you're having a nice weekend - Coco
Beautiful! You took that pattern in hand and made it do just what you wanted it to do!ReplyDelete
Very nice style and great (and economical) hack. My kind of style. Since 'imitation is the sincerest form of flattery'. I'd love to copy this style as a front button jacket/tunic.ReplyDelete
That's terrific. Nice work.ReplyDelete
I love this little dress! Casual and pretty, it must be perfect for your climate. Very clever pattern hack.ReplyDelete
Oh oh oh I haven't come across this style before and I adore it! Thanks for sharing so much info about how you made it - I'm definitely adding it to my list of dresses to sew.ReplyDelete
It looks just perfect for you! I'd call that a VERY wearable muslin!ReplyDelete
It's so cute, love it...ReplyDelete
Love it! One great muslin!ReplyDelete
Genius. A very wearable muslinReplyDelete
OMG!!! How cute! I apparently missed this boat as well and I may have to give this a go!ReplyDelete
Love what you do with a pattern--new things happen to it! I like the fabric, too, and wouldn't think to buy that, so you inspire once again.ReplyDelete
Oh, how pretty! Feminine, attractive, comfortable. Yum!ReplyDelete
Lovely! You clever woman!ReplyDelete
Very nice on you. I'd never heard of this. Gotta check it out on Pinterest.ReplyDelete
This is just lovely! I really love the tie front. Absolutely gorgeous :)ReplyDelete
Great look, I have never seen this either. Will be so nice for the warm weather.ReplyDelete
And.. Happy ~Belated~ Birthday, dear Coco, my fellow Aquarian! xoDelete
Love this dress!ReplyDelete
Love that style... aren't you clever. I also love that fabric. It is so gorgeous on you!ReplyDelete