Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Couldn't wait, i had to wear Lanvin now!

I was one of the lucky bloggers who could wear the Lanvin collection before the others, touch the fabrics, take the pictures, have them as a gift, neither Madonna or Jlo could have them in advance.
Ah ah I'm kidding. It's not true. We're not one of those fortunates but we do can wear Lanvin in advance, yes there's a way. Do it ourselves!
Why? Because it's fun! Because we can do it our way!Because it will fit perfectly!
My chosen dress from Lanvin collection is the black little black dress decorated with all those loops

This one!
Ok my passion for fashion is eating me and i want to get involved in the process of dress making. I want choose the fabrics, i want to draw patterns, i want to learn as much as i can the way i like it more, discovering step by step, resolving one problem at the time when a question arises. Call me crazy i can't stop myself.
So after a week searching for the fabric (you can find every patterned fabric you like but when you need black no one has it!) i managed to get my hands on a 1.5 meters of black wool a little acrylic in it that gives just a little bit of stretch.
I came home and it was time for pattern making.
This is a classic lbd sleeveless, this basic dress pattern worked fine! It has 4 seams that define waist line.

This pattern is from Rosanna La sarta website, thanks Mrs Rosanna!

click here to see how to measure

Basic Dress
half front
half back
AR=1/12 chest
AC=1/4 chest
CM=1/4 chest+3 cm
AD=front waist lenght
DN=1/4 waist+5 cm
ON=1,5 cm
DE=1/10 height
EG=1/4 hip + 2 cm
KP=1/18 chest
RP=1/7 chest
CL=1/2 breast distance
UV=3 cm
UZ=10 cm
RT=bust height
DB=skirt lenght

AR=1/12 chest
AC=1/4 chest
CM=1/4 chest+ 1 cm
AD=back waist lenght
DN=1/4 waist+2 cm
ON=1,5 cm
DE=1/10 height
EG=1/4 hip - 2 cm
KP=1/18 chest
RP=1/7 chest+1,5 cm
UZ=14 cm
DB=skirt lenght

If you want i'll translate for you the legend so you can draw your pattern according to your measurements, mail me if you need them!(*DONE*)
Now some work till i got the dress ready to be decorated!

The pattern

Loose threads
And the dress is done!
Now let's move on with decorations!
I've cut more than 60 rectangles of fabric for the decorations, sewn the borders to avoid loose threads, folded and then sewn on the dress

PB140048.jpg picture by annanever1
Deciding loops position (they don't need to be on rows just try to fill the space regularly)
PB150058.jpg Lanvin dress DIY picture by annanever1

Finished dress

What do you think?I put longer loops at the neck to make it more regular and well refined. I decored the dress on the back of the skirt too, i don't know if the Lanvin's dress has decorations on the back.Personally i don't like those dresses decorated on the front only because they make the dress look like an apron. It looks like they didn't have enought time to finish the dress.
As you can see i left the waist decorations free. That's where you put a wide elastic belt. The final result is a slim looking waist compared to the puffy effect of the decorate dress. I love it!

PB160032.jpg picture by annanever1
Dress tried on
Now just some numbers to let you figure out if it's worth realize this dress instead of just buying it.
the fabric cost 22 euro (but was a special price, a remainder piece)
(price of fabric will depend of your choice (and shop), polyester is 8 euro per meter, pure light wool 44 euros per meter)
i employed a full day of work to complete it, like 9 hours
Lanvin dress is 129 euro
Now i'm even more curious to see the h&m collection!


Unknown said...

Hi! OMG the dress is amazing, it really looks the same! You are so talented.



Matter Of Style said...

thanks Barbie, that is such a sweet comment,you made my day! :D

Morgane said...

this is impressive!
It's also my favorite dress of the collection!
congrats, it really looks good :)


Matter Of Style said...

thanks morgane!

Unknown said...

this is so cool. I love the dress that you made. I was wondering if by any chance you have the dress pattern in translation?

Thank you for your time

Matter Of Style said...

Hi Christynelc
thanks for your comment,i've just traslated the pattern for you!
If you do the project send me a pic of the finished dress :D

Mina said...

Wow...You are so great:))
Do you know how to make first/third dress?Or how can I make sleeves like this...thanks anyway :*

Matter Of Style said...

Hi Mina!
The first dress should be easy to do:it's a basically a tube.Copy the same the armhole and collar shown here then go straight down without defining waist (consider hips width).
You should have a "tube" dress now.
Just below the waist sew an elastic to define waist and have the soft blouse.

For the sleeves,those ruffles can be obtained this way:
first read this tutorial


when you have your circle to open it up make small cuts into the smaller circle until you obtain a straight piece of fabric then sew it vertically around the arm hole obtaining the ruffle.
Consider that the inner circle defines the lenght of the piece of fabric you'll have and the difference between the radius of the circles defines the widht of the piece of fabric.

It maybe seems difficult to explain in words but easy to make.
if i find a remainder piece of fabric i'll shoot a few pictures for you. have a nice day Mina and thanks for coming!

Unknown said...

Stunning! What an amazing dress, and so much effort, I love it