'Making of #2'
I'm quite sure I've waxed lyrical about how much I love Alexa Chung's style but it really can't be helped in this particular post. Her now defunct show "It's On With Alexa Chung" was so keenly followed by many (particularly on TheFashionSpot forums) for all of her sartorial choices and one of the dresses she wore (Okay, that's a lie. Pretty much ALL the things she wore) caught my eye. It was a cream babydoll dress, with a pleated skirt, made from what I supposed to be some floral jacquard material that I just fell in love with. Easy to style a million ways, so simple and clean! A little internet investigation concluded that it was by Opening Ceremony, already far too pricey and alas! already sold out. This was much, much longer ago so I'd been toying around with the idea of making the dress myself, since its a pretty simple shape and finally this week of semester holidays I got around to it.
I used the same custom bodice block I drafted for my ' Anita dress and added some extra front and back darts to shape it and make it more fitted. The pleated skirt was pretty straightforward. I was really eager to finish it yesterday that I couldn't be bothered running around to different Spotlights/Lincrafts to find a matching zip (originally I wanted a cream zip with really chunky gold hardware) but all they had at my local Lincraft were plain full coloured ones. I'm still not sure whether I ruined it with the black zip, but I suppose it gives it a bit more of an 'edge'. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out, I even overlocked all the seams this time so I'll get more wear out of it. :P Usually on projects made for myself I skip over those details haha.