Thursday, March 2, 2017

Valentino Inspired Dress - Fancy Mood Floral Roses Jacquard and Simplicity 1011

Plain and simple:  there is nothing like a beautiful piece of fabric.  Just the mere fact that it is gorgeous makes you imagine how proud you feel to wear something made of it. This is the case with Mood's Black Malaga Floral Roses Jacquard and Eggplant Polyester Lining.  The pairing of these two fabrics was a winning combination for my latest dress.   This jacquard is rich and luxurious, the pattern is intricately woven with a glossy under tone.  It has a smooth hand, unlike most brocades, but just as radiant.  The lining is perfect for it.  It is very smooth and has similar movement as the jacquard.

My inspiration for this dress comes from one of my favorite designers, Valentino.  I'm always dreaming about making something spectacular drawing from the simplest details in hopes of translating them into my very own creations.  The vertical lines that are seen throughout Valentino's Fall 2016 collection is were I drew my inspiration for this dress.  I posted a few pictures on my blog.  

Pattern Description:

Simplicity never really spends anytime given good descriptions of the pattern.  So, here's my description:  princess seam "V" neck bodice with individual pattern pieces for B, C, D,and DD cup sizes.  The four panel high-low skirt of the dress has four inverted pleats: two in the front and two in the back.  The dress includes two sleeve options or can be made sleeveless with a belt that is attached to the back with two buttons.  The pattern is available in sizes 10 to 28W.

My dress does look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope with the exception of my "small" design changes.

There were no confusing steps in the instructions.  Like all the amazing fit patterns, Simplicity include instructions on how to fine tune the fit as you sew.

My Likes -

There are a lot of reasons why I like and chose this pattern:

  • It included my cup size and I wanted to test it to see if it would fit with minimum fit changes.
  • Princess bodice, easier to fit, if the "Amazing Fit" bust size didn't fit.
  • low-high skirt.
  • "V" neckline
  • Lantern style sleeve, five darts, makes for an interest sleeve detail. I only wish it was a little more pronounced.
I have no serious dislikes.  

Fit Changes -

I decided to use Simplicity Amazing Fit S1011 in hopes of limiting the amount of fit adjustments that I normally make.  Surprisingly, that was the case with this pattern.  I used size 14, DD cup, with only a few tweaks.

After making the muslin, I determined that a few small changes would produce a better fit:
  • Add 1/4 at the fullness of the bust area to the side front and front.
  • Add 1/2 width to the back, creating a neck dart.
  • Make a swayback adjustment.
  • Add an inch to the length of the bodice.  In hind-sight, I think that was too much.
  • Add an inch or two to the length of the skirt so that the hem would fall at my knee.
  • Add an inch to the belt, for good measure, didn't need it.
It seems like many changes, but these were mostly small tweaks, unlike the full process of making a FBA that I normally make.  There is one more tweak I should have made, and that is to the length of the shoulder seam.  It's too long.  Next time I'll reduce it by 1/2 inch.

Design and Construction Changes -
  •  I lined the entire dress.  The pattern only gives instructions on lining the skirt of the dress. 
  • To emphasize the vertical lines, I added a floral trim with a Medallion style motif along the front and back seems of the bodice.  Luckily, I had buttons with a similar design to hold the belt in place.
  • Added hem tape to the skirt of the dress.  It looks nicer.
  • The instructions (#4) has you to form the pleat by bringing folds to broken lines.  I simply bring the lines together, basting to form the pleats.  It's easier.
  • Step 1b, I didn't follow.  I prefer to stay-stitch along the front and back; then slashing the seam allowances to fit the curve of the side front and side back.
I like how my dress turned out.  And I will definitely use the bodice again for another dress and as a sloper.  This is a good basic dress pattern that can be used to create a variety of looks and styles.

It's a little chilly and windy outside.  Resting my coat for a five minute photo shoot.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Very lovely "Valentino" inspired dress! Just adorable paired with those cute shoes!

    1. Thanks, Myra. I bought these shoes specifically for "whatever" I decided to make out of this fabric.

  2. This is absolutely beautiful Cenetta! Thank you for always sharing your fit changes. We are similarly shaped and I find the information invaluable.

    1. You are very welcome, L. I appreciate your compliments as well.

  3. What a beautiful dress. I love the feminine print. And those shoes are so cute and perfect with the dress.

  4. beautiful and I see the designer inspiration, perfect fit too!

    1. Thanks, Beth. I do try, hoping to get better with sewing and fitting.

  5. Gorgeous dress and pictures!

  6. Love this dress!! The fabric is really pretty and feminine!!

  7. Totally stunning! I love everything about this dress - the fabric is gorgeous and so is the pattern. You look amazing.

  8. Lovely! You tweaked it beautifully! ;)

  9. Gorgeous photos, dress and shoes!

  10. Cenneta, your dress is absolutely beautiful! Like everyone else, I agree that the shoes are perfect with the dress. Your sense of style is very classy. You make clothes that can be worn for many years to come. It would be nice to meet you one day at a sewing event or a meet and greet. Take care!



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