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SewStylish Summer Fashion Challenge 2013

Three Piece Outfit Inspired by Alexander McQueen

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My daughter casually dropped a picture from Marie Claire Magazine on my desk and said, “You could make me one of these if you get bored.”  We discussed potential changes and I filed it away until I was ready to tackle it. The original Alexander McQueen outfit was made in 3 pieces- a top, skirt, and sleeveless coat.  I made it in two pieces by combining the top and skirt into a dress. I also reduced the amount of tulle and evened out the hem to make it more easily wearable.

 I started by making Vogue #2902 in black taffeta and added a built in underskirt of shiny black tulle. I used pattern pieces from Vogue #1266 to get the classic A-line coat style, tweaking the shape and adding details from the original McQueen garment, like the pocket flaps and inset lace triangles. The coat is fully lined. I made the lace for the choker on my embroidery machine using a design from Urban Threads. I added flat backed gems, a satin ribbon rose, and chains. It has proved to be a versatile outfit, as she often wears the coat with jeans and both the dress and choker can be worn on their own as well.


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  1. Ladynikodemus | | #1

    This is really stunning - I particularly like the dress. Great work

  2. Melaniemac | | #2

    Love it! I think you really captured the essence of the inspiration design, while still making it work for a real person's lifestyle.

  3. njts | | #3

    thanks! I really enjoyed making it.

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    studiofaro | | #4

    Wonderful outfit. In particular I like the sleeveless coat - so many possible uses and so on trend. Lucky, lucky daughter. :)

  5. user-2008333 | | #5

    As stated above, this is truly a work of art!!!your daughter is very fortunate to have a Mom who is sew gifted and takes the time and energy plus has the imagination it takes to combine different patterns . I have a daughter as well and as soon as I complete reorganizing my sewing studio I plan on jumping back into sewing . I also scrapbook and am learning how to work with beads so I'm trying to incorporate all of this into my studio which is very time consuming. Getting back to the topic at hand...I just want to complement you again on your beautiful work and hope you continue to do sew!!!

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