Adele and her Stella!

I think you all know I love Adele.  First she refuses to go on a diet.  She is who she is (and what an icon – finally!)

But here she is in her Stella McCartney dress and this dress is a lot of fun, so I thought it would be interesting to take note of a few things.

This is a really big picture so click it to see it larger.

First thing is the style – it’s basic, straight-forward, and a dress/top/pattern like this can become a huge TNT (Tried ‘n True) pattern for your sewing pattern library.  It’s worth it to work on something like this because it can be so many things. (I’m writing my January newsletter on this very topic).

Second, notice that the waist is a little higher.  This takes that line from the waist to the hip and makes it a much gentler slope than if it fit right on her waist.  Do this for yourself.  It’s not hard – just set your waist about 1″ above the natural waist, or if you’re short, about 3/4″.

The top is darted and should have an FBA or SBA, but doesn’t – I went through a lot of pictures here and couldn’t see one…and here’s the dead giveaway that it didn’t have one.

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OK – I left this big on purpose so on the upper right you can see all the tell-tale wrinkles on the bodice that show it doesn’t have an FBA, and these are the wrinkles that the FBA stops dead in its tracks.

Doing this dress doesn’t mean you have to settle for those wrinkles, because since you’re making it, you can improve it – a lot.  The first thing is to put in either a princess seam (upper left) or FBA(s) (lower left) and this will solve that problem easily.

If you put this in and don’t get results (still have some wrinkles), then you need another one, but be sure and check your seams and how you are sewing up the FBA and not catching the dart seam to tight on the side seam.

Finally the fabric.  This looks suspiciously like a very nice silk brocade, which would make this dress up gorgeously, and it has enough body that it won’t cling to you so you can shape it prettily around your body and hide all manner of sins and Christmas calories!!!

Finally the fabric.  This looks suspiciously like a very nice brocade, which would make this dress up gorgeously, and it has enough body that it won’t cling to you so you can shape it prettily around your body and hide all manner of sins and Christmas calories!!! (Click the pics)

I have a Pinterest Board with some great classic patterns for ideas. (Click the picture below to go to the board).

I like this one cause it has an insert – you don’t have to use it (and take a look at the original by McCartney – the print does not match. So for an exact copy, no matching is necessarily, however if you do match it, then it really screams couture).

This pattern also has that inset seam right across the bust line.   Sweet!!!!  This means you can do all manner of fitting and shaping along that seam line and really do a smashing job on the fit.

Hopefully you can see how making this dress for you would be soooooooo  much better than buying it.  It’s way beyond better.  You would put in the darts, if you’re warm toned, you would make it out of a warm-ish brocade, and cool colors for the cool-toned complexion.

But just in case here’s what they are selling in lieu of the Adele dress….

Oh yeah, and it’s on sale – (just take a gander at the sale price) and it’s not even close to the same dress (no waist line and no darts).

Click on the picture above to go purchase one for yourself…….just saying…….

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