Another day, another knock off...this time by the brilliant Rachel from nest full of eggs. She was another Project Run & Play season 5 fellow contestant, but I've been familiar with her amazing sewing skills from back when we were contributing to the Flickr group. I'm so glad she chose this dress...I pinned it awhile ago, and have been looking forward to seeing it re-created. I have to say...I'd pick Rachel's over theirs!
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Gabriella Dress from Marie-Chantal Children, an online boutique based in London, the dress sells for $208. (Instead of brown puppy tooth fabric (or navy as is shown in the other color option for this dress), I used solid gray wool).
I used the Fairy Tale dress, a sewing pattern from Oliver+S. And to add pockets to the dress I adapted the pocket parts from Melly Sews Clean Slate Pants.
From the Fairy Tale dress pattern I followed View A, but I eliminated the crinoline.
Instead of cap sleeves as shown on the Gabriella dress, I went with the tulip sleeves as shown in View A of the Fairy Tale dress.
And instead of a detachable store bought belt as shown on the Gabriella dress, I went with the tubular waistband (without the front bow) as shown in View A of the Fairy Tale dress.
I adapted the pants pocket parts (from Melly Sews Clean Slate Pants) as I needed right angles in the corners of the skirt front.
On the peter pan collar I added bias tape trim in the charcoal gray. To do this I made my own bias tape by using a 1 inch bias tape maker.
Those are my tips and tricks for sewing your own version of the Gabriella Dress, have fun knocking it off & saving lots of money :)
Thanks so much Heidi for having me!