Micheal Kors dress help needed

Hi everyone, contrary to what some of you may be thinking, sewing is still very much a part of my life. I am busy planning future makes. No sewing is going on, but I am enjoying the dreaming process. I spend my free time these days gathering inspiration, patterns and….. (whisper this part please)…fabric shopping. Yes, Dibs is still buying fabric, and she is going to be buying more this Saturday when she meets up with other peeps in Walthamstow market.

So, I have been quite busy on Pinterest. While researching dresses I would like to have on my curves, I came across this beauty by Michael Kors.

It is a knit dress. Yes, I know, knit. It is no secret that I love sewing with knit, I have no choice, the curves are most unruly. This particular dress is singing to me because it has the knot at the front, which I have decided, is perfect to camouflage my not too small stomach. My body, alas, is not what it once was, and I now have to be very calculating with my sewing. Gone are the days when I could sew straight from the envelope. Now, I have to make sure the pattern will be able to hide my most uncooperative tummy. It refuses to go down. I was promised, by a few friends, who had had babies before, that everything will get back to normal after a couple of months. Mine refuses to go back in. It has fallen in love with the world, and does not want to go back into whence it came from. And before you ask, yes, I do eat cakes and candy, and yes, I eat a tub of hagen daaz a week, but that does not give my stomach the right to misbehave. Such impudence. Anyways, back to the issue at hand.

To say I love this dress, would be an understatement. Obsessed I am. Seriously. I am obsessed with this dress. We loves it…our precious….we must haves it.

Does anyone know of a pattern that is similar to this? I want the knot effect at the front, to hide my big tummy.

Have a nice week, and now, I must go back to my dreaming.



  1. January 30, 2013 / 12:18 am

    BUrda 3/2012 has 2 skirts with this kind of twist. #118 and #128. It could be a starting point.

  2. January 30, 2013 / 12:19 am

    I have nothing constructive to add, except I really love those dresses.
    Good luck!

  3. January 30, 2013 / 1:38 am

    In emerald it is to die for, I think your obsession is spreading because I want one now too! The only pattern that springs to mind right now is Vogue 1258 but it has ties at the front…

  4. January 30, 2013 / 3:25 am

    Beautiful dress, I want one too now. Sorry I wish I new of a pattern that would work.

  5. January 30, 2013 / 3:54 am

    Burdastyle 3/2012 Dress with Knot Front might be a good start. There's also some interesting stuff along this vein in the Pattern Magic book. Good luck! This is a really cute style and would look oh-so-chic on you!

  6. January 30, 2013 / 4:09 am

    Amazing dress, I agree. It could be a cool drafting challenge! You could go check out the real thing at your local MK store and investigate the design lines, fabric choice and exact measurements? Would it be wrong to do that?

  7. January 30, 2013 / 7:48 am

    It's a beautiful dress. I'm no help with pattern choices though.

  8. January 30, 2013 / 10:01 am

    I am having serious dress envy and am going to be stalking this post for pattern suggestions…

  9. January 30, 2013 / 2:06 pm

    I saw this on pinterest a couple of weeks ago: http://nelyager.ru/post227911972/

    Its a copy of the same dress using a basic pattern and doing a bit of altering. The page is in Russian and google's translation is a bit dodgy but there are plenty of pictures too.

    I'll be interested to see what you do because I'm slightly in love with the dress too!

  10. January 31, 2013 / 5:07 am
  11. February 3, 2013 / 11:49 pm

    Clio recently made a top of this sort using DKNY pattern from Vogue. I would suggest the Knipmode September 2009 Oprah dress though (it's in Knip plus sizes 44-56) but it will need muslining because that sort of waterfall drape really changes with the type of fabric used. Here's one made by NancyK (includes line diagram and pic of how Oprah wore it.

  12. February 4, 2013 / 1:38 am

    I have no help, but just wanted to say Hi from your newest follower:)
    Those dresses are gorgeous tho!

  13. February 4, 2013 / 10:05 am

    Hi dibs the dress is amazing, I love it. Did you buy any suitable fabric for it on Saturday. It was a fab day and lovly to meet you. Zora

  14. February 4, 2013 / 7:19 pm

    Aww thanks Bec. hopefully I don't drive you away with inactivity. lol

  15. February 4, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    Hi Zora, it was lovely meeting you too. Yes, I bought 3 metre of navy blue jersey lycra from Saeed fabrics.

  16. February 4, 2013 / 7:20 pm

    True, but I am not very good with pattern drafting, so I guess I have alot of work to do. Thanks Kathi

  17. February 4, 2013 / 7:21 pm

    I have that, and I am planning on making it soon actually.

  18. February 4, 2013 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks Laura

  19. February 4, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    I have that edition. will look into it. The trouble with that one is that the knot is under the bust, while this dress is of mine has it at the waist. i suppose i have to stop being so lazy and actually attempt to redraft it.

  20. February 4, 2013 / 7:27 pm

    Nope. lol. I actually went in and the they did not have this dress. Drat!!

  21. February 4, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    oh dear That is the exact dress. I'm a bit confused though with the diagrams.

  22. February 4, 2013 / 7:28 pm

    I have that pattern at home. Yay! 1 step closer

  23. February 4, 2013 / 7:29 pm

    Style Arc looks good, but the shipment to the UK will break my back methinks.

  24. February 4, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    Oh no. It looks so nice on the dressform though. It is a pattern I have on my project list….now I am scared

  25. February 4, 2013 / 7:33 pm

    It was so nice to meet you on Saturday Helen. I have that pattern, so will look for similarities.

  26. February 4, 2013 / 7:34 pm

    I dont have that vogue issue. I have looked for it online to no avail. Drat!!

  27. February 4, 2013 / 7:35 pm

    It does look similar. knipmode though, is hard to find. arrggghhh!

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