2/19/12

Inspired Faux Leather Dress

To capture some of  the inspiration DVF Leather Wrap Dress, I used my rtw wrap dress template & black faux leather. 




My go-to wrap dress is for knit fabric, so to ensure some ease, I added 1/2" to the back bodice & 1/4" to the front bodice pieces.  Also lengthened the bodice 1" and lengthened the skirt 1-1/2".


  I swapped out the short sleeves for the sleeves from Vogue 8151

In an attempt to achieve some of the sleeve detail of the inspiration photo, I used black stretch charmeuse for the forearm of the sleeves and faux leather for sleeve   cap & cuffs. 




Used the same cuff technique that I'd used for my tie-bow blouse.



 
 To ensure I would not have pin marks showing, I pin about 1/8" or so from the edge and serged the seams between 3/8" - 5/8".



Thinking that the fabric had a lot to do with it, the back along the waist seam was sitting away from my lower back and fixed that problem by using the zigzag stitch & 1/2" clear elastic to gather the seam.   I didn't want to see elastic everytime I wore the dress and sewed 1/2" lace atop the elastic to conceal it.





Pockets were also added using pockets from Butterick 5211. To ensure proper placement of the pockets, I pinned the back bodice & back skirt pieces together and placed B5211 dress pattern piece upon it to mark for pocket placement.

After I'd completed the skirt, I found it to be too flare and removed about an 1" from the side seams.

Although there were several changes, I enjoyed every minute of making this dress and love the fit. 


Will I make another one... who knows....
 until then, Have A Great Week.










39 comments:

Adelaide B said...

How hot is this! Totally cool.

sonoemi said...

Wow, what fabulous dress! Very chic and very sexy!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Amazing Sheila. You look so hot in this! The sleeves are great - wonderful idea on those.

knitmachinequeen (KMQ) said...

I wish I could look as good as you do in a wrap dress. Job well done! TFS,

The Hojnackes said...

Love how great it looks on you! What a fun dress. :)

Erica B. said...

This is such a hot look! Love the dress!

Clio said...

My computer monitor is smoking from how hot you are in this dress! WOW, just, wow!

narcissaqtpie said...

OMGeeee!! I love it. Awesome work.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wowza! This is just awesome!

Opal said...

You did a fabulous job on that dress...

Lori said...

Awesome dress, very cool.

Redrockcity said...

That looks incredible. Amazing!! The boots are hot too! Wow!!!

GodsgirlT said...

FLY GIRL!!!!!! Love the 'Yo Taxi' shot! Very nice work!

Candice said...

You are rockin' this dress! I love, love this dress and look!

velosewer said...

This is fabulous as are the photos and your styling.

Sue said...

Fabulous!

Faye Lewis said...

Amazingly fabulous and such a great fit too.

Sheila said...

Thank you for the Awesome compliments. My guy saw the dress and said Hot dayumm Lady Matrix.. lol My daughter gave me the side eye & said ok.. Ma you've rocked out that pattern and time to make me one.... side eyed her back and said I will see... lol.

Again Thanks for love.

Shawnta said...

*Smile* at the matrix comment! The dress looks really cool!

Brenda said...

Fainted! Your dress is aboslutely gorgeous and you look fantastic in those pics.

Carol said...

Wow! You are stunning in this outfit! I love it!

Adrienne said...

LOVE!

alethia said...

When I saw you my first reaction was "The Matrix". You rocked the hell of that dress, chic, sexy and fierceeeeeee! Love the black boots.

del said...

You look like Catwoman! All you need is a whip, girl, lol. Great job!

Knitaholictoo said...

Now that's an oowweee dress! Great job!

Karine said...

That looks bad azz. I love it.

Myra said...

Is there really anything left to say a bout this gorgeous dress??? Yes...FABULOUS!!!

Brandi said...

Oh my goodness Sheila, you are wearing that dress. It looks so nice on you. Like my mom would say...That dress is SHARP!

Minnie said...

That is fantastic, I am completely blown away by your skills, yes the lady has skills. There is really nothing else to be said. Love it!!

Sassy T said...

That dress is fabulous on you.

Cennetta said...

Girl, You are workin' that dress! Fierce, Mama, Fierce!

Sewtellme said...

Work it Ms. Sheila! This dress is fierce.

Susan said...

You are seriously rocking this dress! I like yours better than the inspiration dress. The flair on the skirt portion is perfect.

Sister said...

Damn girl, where's Neo?! (I thought Matrix too.). That is incredible - love the sleeve trick. You SERGED leather?! You are tough, woman.

Shari said...

Looking Good!Great dress

Monique said...

Love!

DawnSSL said...

fabulous!

Marlene Hiestand said...

I used to sew most all my clothing but lost interest when I gained weight and had trouble making my size 12 patterns fit my pear shape. I am now a commercial size 14 and you have inspired me to sew again. I have subscribed to your blog and LOVE your sense of style! You are rockin' these beautiful clothes you make!

Sheila said...

Thanks for the awesome compliments.

Hi Marlene, glad to know I have inspired you. please share your lovely creations.