When it comes to deciding what to make, I generally have something in mind based on a look that inspired me. I then look for a pattern similar that will allow me to make alterations. The process for this look was quite different! While browsing one of my favorite sites M’oda O’perandi, I fell in love with a Oscar De La Renta top. It’s adorable, feminine and sexy all at the same time. Instead of looking for a pattern to alter, I instead used my dress form and created the pattern myself. It’s pretty much a shell top with the back bottom half removed and replaced with two very long ties.
The skirt was a complete after thought. I didn’t have enough fabric for a pattern, so I draped it using the dress form. Created a fitted A-line effect in the front and cascading ruffle draping in the back. Added a back zipper and partially lined the skirt. In the future I will definitely cut non stretch fabric on the bias for a look like this for a better fit.
The fabric used was this plum cotton brocade. It’s a lightweight viscose brocade fabric that’s a very easy fabric to cut and sew. This fabric has no stretch and would move a bit nicer with a lining.