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Tory Burch dress inspiration

Tory Burch dress inspiration

I photographed this Tory Burch store window display recently at Stanford Mall in Palo Alto CA. with the thought that this dress would be ideal as a dancing frock in the Spring.

The smocking details demonstrate what elevates this otherwise simple dress into a designer item. Smocked Cotton Dress in Harbor Blue @ www.toryburch.com

 

Basic princess line fitted pattern Simplicity 2247

Basic princess line fitted pattern
Simplicity 2247

This basic empire waist, princess line pattern was the takeoff point for my adaptation made up in a medium weight 100% linen fabric that drapes well.

 

Trim Design Mock-Up

I pinned the trim on dress body to determine the most pleasing proportions.

Trim is  2.1/2″ bias strips for the skirt and 1.1/4″bias strips for the bodice

First band is attached 6″ from bottom, with a 2″ space between the rows.

Umpire waist, neckline and cap sleeves are also embellished with bias trim.

My Dress inspired by Tory Burch

I like the color of this fabric which has a red/purple thread woven into the base color making red and purple accessories pop.2016-02-03 10.15.40

 

 

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