When I was growing up, Vogue Magazine, and sometimes Bazaar, were the drop-dead, hands-down governor of style and fashion. That’s a lot. That means that not only did they report on fashion, but they often moved it in one direction or another. And designers didn’t much mind it, because like the magazines, change is what drove fashion in those days, and both designers, marketers, stores, buyers, as well as the magazines, needed that change to stay profitable.
Enter the digital age when anyone with enough moxy and a smartphone can take a few pics and suddenly they are an authority on fashion. The editor of the almighty fashion magazine editor is not only gone but pushed so far back into the past, that a whole generation has purchased and worn fashion without the advice of the fashion magazine editors.
That’s good and bad. Actually what’s bad about both of these is the extremes – having only the fashion magazine editors’ input was enormously dictatorial, and having the throngs of Instagramers as the disseminators of fashion has become confusing and fostered a mish-mash of messy styles and garments. For way too many years, without the curation of the fashion magazine editors, so much has been thrown at the public, that it’s hard to figure out what we want and what we don’t.
Such is the plight of this article about a lovely dress that has been seen on some pretty important people. That’s usually enough these days to have a sold-out item. And she goes on to explain why the garment has so much going for it.
According to another article on the same dress:
The secret lies in the fit: the ladylike style has a gently nipped-in waist and a hem that falls just below the calf in soft ruffles. It flatters everyone who has been photographed wearing it.
Well, what do you know?…flatters everybody?…sounds like wearing flattering clothes is chic again!! Let’s look at that closer:
But the original article goes on to lament that now that it’s been seen out, and been discovered, everyone is wearing it and has the style lost some of its luster as a result. Possibly, but here’s the fun thing that we sewists can do that no one else can; we can literally take that look, in another fabric (possibly one more suited to our own lifestyle, coloring, shape, and size) and take inspiration from this look to do our own version, going one step further than the designer herself.
Here’s one of the dresses that’s causing so much stir: (click the photo to see how much it cost).
And now to the main beef of the original author – that now that she’s seen it everywhere, well it’s lost its appeal, and yeah, that happens. Something gets so popular, that suddenly it’s like a dime a dozen.
But wait, that doesn’t have to be for we sewists. On The Vampire’s Wife (yeah, I know a crazy name), site, you can see for yourself, not only the look and style of these dresses but basically how really simple this is to accomplish. Go over to my Dress Patterns Pinterest Board, and check out some great looks…remember for rectangle and apple shapes, stay away from the gathered skirt at the waist – for hourglass and pear shapes, gathers at the waist are fine – and make the waist above your true waist and it will make for a really great look.
Another feature of most of these dresses is that they look like little prairie dresses. This means they are of a smaller print, flowered design. These aren’t that hard to find they are everywhere on most online fabric store sites.
When you do this for yourself, of course, the look is much more flattering (the amount of gathering, fullness in the skirt, as well as the waistline placement), but also the choice of your fabric, color and length all make this work for you. But here’s the killer part: It’s all your design – taking the inspiration from these beautiful dresses, you have a one-of-a-kind garment that no one else will have. Doing it this way ensures that you won’t see yourself coming and going, but be in the very best of style and look.
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