Cecile’s cousin

Cecile dress copycat

Cecile dress copycat

Cecile dress copycat

Cecile dress copycat

Cecile dress copycat

Cecile dress copycat

Cecile dress copycatdress: self-made, based on this lovely number // tights: F21 // shoes: Chelsea CrewΒ 

When Dear Creatures’ new Autumn 2013 line came out, I nearly squeed my pants off. You may have witnessed my mad pinning session if you follow me over there. Shocking, I know. Pretty much half of it went on my to-sew list (and the other half went on my presents-to-myself list). First on the to-sew list was the Cecile dress.

When I saw this dress, something sort of nagged at the back of my mind. It seemed familiar maybe? I dug through my pile of patterns and then felt pretty stupid because it was almost identical to Burda 7309, which is one of my go-to patterns. I hadn’t realized it at first because I’d never actually made the skirt before!

I made no alterations to the bodice, but switched out the sleeves for a lengthened version of Burda 7739. For the skirt, I cut and marked most of the pattern as drafted, but added about an extra inch on either side to create darts to line up with the bodice darts. I think the back already had darts so I just cut and sewed those as indicated.

Once everything was more or less put together, I started hand-stitching the trim. I debated how to do it, and tried several things before finding something I liked the effect of. First I tried satin ribbon, but didn’t like how shiny it was. Then I tried the back of the ribbon but I still wasn’t sold on the color. I thought about making bias tape and using that but then decided that making three yards of bias tape didn’t actually sound all that fun. Plus, I couldn’t find the right shade and texture of fabric for it anyway. Finally I meandered over to Sarah’s shop, beaten and broken (hah — just kidding) and she saved the day with some amazingly smooshy ribbon that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of. It’s like grosgrain but made of rayon (I think?) and suuper soft. I may have spent about ten minutes petting it before I actually started sewing it on.

Anyway, yay! I think the dress fabric is mostly wool so it’s super warm and only a tiny bit itchy. I’ve been wearing it with a long tank top underneath and it’s been totally warm and comfy now that it’s suddenly freezing.

22 thoughts on “Cecile’s cousin”

  1. What a weird coincidence! Yesterday I went to there web site and was looking at the same dress. I was wandering how I could menage to make a copycat out of it … And I gave up after 10 secondes. Still, I love this dress, you really did make a great job,
    It’s perfect!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks! I’m a huge fan too πŸ™‚ I feel like I’ve been sewing a lot of red and blue lately so my eyes definitely appreciated the break.

  2. Such a lovely dress, the touch of deep red trim really makes the dress more striking than it already is! Gotta remember this colour combination, because I love greys a lot. I like making clothes from pictures of clothes that I want to wear too, it’s a sure way of sewing clothes that I would wear to death πŸ™‚ I’m sure this dress will be a fave because you look great in it!

    1. Thanks so much! I definitely see this as a wear-it-to-death dress. It’s just dressy enough without being over the top. :]

  3. Very beautiful dress, lovely combination of colours and impeccable finish, as usual. It does look very warm and cosy, which is what you need πŸ™‚

    1. Thank youu! I’m such a fan of that stuff. Expect to see it on everything. (No srsly, I was contemplating how to work it onto an Archer collar..)

  4. Great work at the reproduction! I like that you really made an effort to get the right ribbon – i would have just stuck with the satin ribbon cause im lazy like that.

    1. Thanks! Haha I came reeeeeally close to just going with the satin but I couldn’t get over how plasticky it looked πŸ™

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