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Date: 11/20/13 1:28 PM

I was at Zara yesterday, and really admired this black shift dress with guipure lace sleeves. I'd love to "make this look" with black wool crepe and black guipure lace.

Zara Inspiration Dress

I know that the inspiration dress is pretty boxy, and I'd like a shapelier pattern. I'm not built like the tall-glass-of-water model; I'm 5'5" and have an hourglass figure. I don't think something like the Colette Laurel will work for me. (Also, when I spent time researching 60s shifts, I found that they have considerable shaping through darts).

People on this board are so amazing with coming up with pattern ideas for inspiration garments. Does anyone have any ideas for how I can make this look?

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Date: 11/20/13 5:04 PM

Could you adapt New Look 6145? It is certainly more fitted than the inspiration piece, but that could be an advantage. . .


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Date: 11/21/13 0:18 AM

Another one that could be adapted is New Look 6049. The sleeves look wider and the neckline a little lower than your inspiration dress but these would be easy alterations. To achieve the slightly boxier shape of your inspiration dress I would leave out the vertical darts.



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Date: 11/21/13 5:10 AM

I'd like to add a recommendation for New Look 6049 - I made it last month in a blue doubleknit and it looks very nice. Despite being very basic, I had more compliments on that dress than on everything else I've made.

I'm tall and regularly built (5'10/11, RTW size 6-8) and it has the right amount of shaping for me.

You'll have to narrow the sleeves, though.

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Date: 11/21/13 7:14 AM

It's not entirely analogous, but your inspiration image reminded me a lot of this recent petite pattern in Burda.






From the technical drawing, it looks much more shaped and might suit your hourglass figure better, plus of course you might not need to petite it. (It's 11-2013-128)
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Date: 11/21/13 12:15 PM

Nice!do you have a review posted anywhere?

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Date: 11/21/13 12:36 PM

No, because I was too lazy to take nice detailed pictures, but you can get an idea
there

A word of caution though (I didn't realize you're petite) : the neckline is not that low, but it's wide (I widden mine because I'm broad-shouldered, but it's still wide on its own).

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