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Anyone who follows children’s clothing on Pinterest either knows the name Mischka Aoki or they’ve seen a dress designed by them. Their dresses are the epitome of elegance. I have several of their dresses pinned and have always been inspired by the brand’s beauty.
This beauty is my favorite piece of theirs. I love it’s classic silhouette and the fabric. I didn’t love the pleats. So, I decided to do a gathered skirt instead. I think it gives the whole dress a softer, more feminine feel.
As I was going through my inspiration photos, I noticed that a lot of them shared a similarity. Apparently, I was really feeling the brocade fabric for this season.
So, having my silhouette and my fabric choices made, I went on to design the rest of the dress. I knew I wanted it to be sleeveless. My fabric choice wouldn’t lend itself well to sleeves. With the gold dress as an inspiration, I chose to piece my bodice. Piecing helps draw the eye and provide shaping to the design. It also gives a fun way to play with fabrics if desired.
I wanted to make the whole look a bit dressier than the piece I made for Project Run and Play so, when I saw this cute blue dress from Larrana and this glorious back bow modeled by Gwenyth Paltrow, I knew I had my final look figured out.
Sadly, it’s heading into a cooler season, even here in the Pacific Northwest, so I wanted to pair it with simple, and quick cover. Capes are always elegant, but I wanted mine to be less traditional.
Blair Waldorf to the rescue! I’m not sure who the original designer of this cape is, but it’s such a perfect wardrobe staple. I’ll be making several more.