I’m SUPER excited to talk about my latest DIY dress. It was inspired by the Denim Carolina Herrera midi dress worn by The Duchess of Sussex. Before seeing this dress I never imagined that a denim dress could look so pretty.
To create my version I decided to use Vogue 9292 because I really love the extended cap sleeves and beautifully curved V shaped neckline. It’s not a carbon copy of Meghan’s dress but it definitely captures the essence of the design.
The pattern does not suggest denim as a fabric option but I knew that a midweight denim could work out well in place of poplin, linen, or jacquard.
Too my surprise my biggest challenge in making this dress was finding the right denim. Silly me – I just assumed that this would be the easiest part of the process but I should have known better.😬
I searched high and low both locally and online. Much of what I saw out there was either not the right shade of blue or just too heavyweight.
After 3 failed attempts to purchase my denim online, I decided to try looking again at one of my favorite local fabric outlets. Historically, I’ve found their denim inventory to be a little sparse but I figured I’d give it another shot AND oh boy was I glad I did! I found just what I was looking for. The weight and color were spot on and as a bonus it also had a little stretch.
Sizing – I made this up in a size 14 but I should have sewn a size 12 with a FBA. I ended up taking it in at the sides to get a better fit.
Short waist Adjustment – Based on my backwaist legnth, I shortened the waistline by 1.75 inches.
Added Length – To compensate for the 1.75 inches that I removed from the waistline, I added 2 inches directly to the bottom of each dress panel using my trusty seam guage and tailors chalk before cutting out each one.
Dickie – Mine is not detachable. I need mine to be a permenant feature so I sewed my on.
How I Styled It
I’ve already worn this dress twice since finishing it up on Saturday because I just love it! The pictures I am posting today are from the 2nd outing. I’ll be posting pictures from the first outing in a future blog post.
Purse/Shoes – Because the denim is such a dark color I chose to add my Nine west nude colored cork block heeled platform sandals (Click here for a better picture of the sandals) and a matching fold over cork clutch purse that was gifted to me by one of my sew sisters.
Accessories -1) a pair of cz studs to go along with the gold ball studs that I usually wear. 2) A long gold toned pendant necklace that I knotted at the back to get just the perfect length. 3) black and gold accented round sunglasses that I picked up from a local beauty supply store.
I am usually not a fan of denim dresses but I really do adore this one. I think its a great style that would be flattering on most women.
Vogue Pattern recommends this style for the following body shapes:
- Inverted Triangle – Large bust and/or broad shoulders with narrow hips
- Triangle – Small Bust and/or narrow shoulders with full hips or thighs.
- Hourglass – Equally balanced to and bottom with a trim waist.
What are your thoughts? Would you wear a denim dress in this style? Drop me a line or two below.
Until next time ……….