Although I've been inspired by many of the peplum styles that are now appearing, the Zac Posen Red Peony Dress was a real knock-out.
I wanted to make a similar one to wear to my 40th birthday dinner next week. I'm so excited to wear it!
*Update* - My birthday was actually on Christmas, but since I was away for a month and that holiday isn't that conducive to celebrating with friends, we postponed my birthday until now :-D
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I often use RTW as an inspiration and normally I try to go for an exact copy, but there were so many aspects from different peplum dresses that I liked this year, I decided to do more of a 'inspired by' and make some changes so that I like it more.
I definitely wanted to keep these aspects from Zac Posen's version:
- Red and black flower theme
- A structured peplum
- Puffed sleeves
- Design lines in pencil skirt
My style changes included making the it in two pieces so that I can mix and match and wear the skirt to work with a less formal top. I changed the top to a front closure so I wouldn't need helping getting into it. The sweetheart neckline was because it's almost Valentine's Day, and we're going out on the 15th
Top: Burda 07-2011-140
The top pattern was a Frankenpattern from Dice Hayek's designer dress from Burda, with twist-style sleeves from Vogue 1160. Originally, I thought I wanted a sleeveless version (which you can see in my original review), but when I got it finished, I found that the structured puffy peplum looked unbalanced without the sleeves. So I had to rip out the finished arm scyes and then added the Vogue twist-style sleeves.
Skirt: Burda 03-2002-130
I was trying to decide between several similar styles and went with this one. When I got done, I realized that the style lines went from the waist and curved to the sides, instead of curving from the sides down to the hem, but I still liked the way it turned out. That was a real 'd'oh' moment, because I choose this pattern over another one which did have the same lines as Zac's. :-D'oh!
Since I tried to place the curved side pattern pieces so that the fabric pattern would still match up to the center front, it turned out that the style lines weren't very obvious. I decided to emphasize them with velvet braided trim. As an afterthought, I finished the hem with black velvet trim, because I thought I wanted a little more length.
Heavy weight jacquard. Instead of red peonies, I think I got quite close with red roses. As you all know, it's not easy to find an exact match for designer prints anywhere. However, I liked this fabric so much, after I sewed my version I went out and bought some more yardage.
Cutting and sewing time: 4 evenings
Cost of materials: ~35 Eur
I love it! This dress was so fun to sew, and not going for an exact copy like I usually do for was quite freeing. It allowed me to make design changes that appealed more to me. I'm really happy with this and am looking forward to wearing it out for my birthday dinner with my friends next week!