Showing posts from May 30, 2010

Simplicity's 2443 Rowley dress meet Neiman Marcus' DKNY dress

My version of the Cynthia Rowley Simplicity 2443 knit dress inspired by a DKNY dress found in a spring 2010 Neiman Marcus catalog. I wasn't able to locate the dress online, but I'm not sure it would provide any additional details anyway. The DKNY dress is described as " Black/stone/red mixed-print cotton and elastane belted tank dress with knit bodice and woven skirt. " Priced at only $245 . Which probably looks like a bargain if you shop Neiman Marcus right? I immediately thought of this pattern when I saw the dress in the catalog and thought ... c'mon, let's say it together "I could make that!" Because that's what we do isn't it? I'm not certain from the dress description if the dress skirt was knit or woven, but I choose to make the entire dress in a knit. Red and black knits were already in my fabric collection, so the search began for the fabrics for the bodice and skirt. Yikes! I didn't count on was how difficult it would

Sewing authors, designers and inspiration: Anna Maria Horner and Linda Lee

Bet you thought I'd forget to tell you about these two events didn't you? Well, to be honest I almost did. I guess I was just too busy downloading photos from our mini-vacation and reminiscing about how beautiful and relaxing the trip was. But vacation is past and life is becoming semi-normal again. To the point where I'm beginning to feel the stirrings of my creative soul awakening. The trunk show with Linda Lee at Treadle Yard Goods is what kick-started the whole thing. Sorry dear readers, but I forgot to bring my camera. And she had some absolutely gorgeous samples to show us. The small room was packed (and warm) but we sat and awaited eagerly for each garment to be pulled from the clothes rack so we could devour the details with our eyes. I'm not a Sewing Workshop kinda gal. By that I mean while I absolutely love the look of these garments on others (such as Ann ) I just do not feel right when I wear them. I feel dowdy. Which is surprising because these g