Woo-hoo, I love, love, LOVE this dress, and I'm so excited to finally be sharing it!
The white version by Jean Paul Gaultier was one of the first pins that I added to my nautical inspiration pin board, and even though it looks kind of plain, it's by far my favorite outfit from the whole collection. I love the princess seams, the pleats, the ribbon detail, and especially the fun floral lining hiding inside. And of course it never hurts when I save some major cash by making something myself!
But what do you think? Did I do it justice?
I confess, I felt kinda snooty when I realized that I had pinned a designer dress. I mean it's hardly that different from something you would find at Target or the Gap, but I'm always so simple and thrifty that thinking about making a knock-off of a "big name" designer felt a little silly at first. I couldn't find a direct link to the dress since it is probably a few years old, but the Gaultier version is most likely made from a heavy satin with silk ribbon. I'm just guessing, but since it's being touted as a special occasion dress that makes the most sense.
Reli doesn't have any flower girl plans in her near future so I decided to make my version from a more practical fabric for everyday wear instead. I chose to go with a nice Kona cotton solid (in Jungle) with white grosgrain ribbon stripes. The lining is actually a lucky $2 Walmart find that happened to match perfectly, so I added that in just for fun. Isn't it so sweet peeking out there? It makes me smile every time I see it. Secret details are definitely going to be added to more of my future projects!
Doesn't she look so preppy? I just wish we'd had a yacht for the photo-shoot,
or maybe I should have named it the Country Club dress instead!
I really want to hear what you guys think about this one. Is it strange to be so excited over such a simple outfit?
I adore it so much I'm even considering grading my pattern so I can share it with all of you!
Would anyone be interested? Let me know!