On the left is my latest summer dress, and on the right is the knock-off point:
But really, nothing is truly original, right?
I mean, the H&M dress was also probably "inspired by" another dress that came before, like maybe this vintage Simplicity 7633:
And it kinda looks like this Stylish Dress Book (1) cover dress, though which came first, the H&M dress or the Stylish Dress Book pattern (and in the end, does it really matter?):
Hard to see detail on that dress so here's the technical drawing, complete with an unintentional shadow:
I was stunned to see a dressy version of this dress at the thrift store for $11 -- from H&M:
I had to buy the thrift-store dress, not only because it was cute and inexpensive and a close-enough fit, but also because I had to knock it off! I didn't buy the vintage pattern (missed the auction for the pattern in my size). I didn't trace out the pattern from Stylish Dress Book. I knocked this H&M dress off. You might think that's the option of three that presents the most work, but for some reason it made me feel more confident, I guess because I tried on the H&M "muslin" and had a good idea of fit.
Last year Kyle gave me a black cotton with all-over cherry print and border print, and this dress style was perfect for it:
My version has a piped neckline and a narrow gingham binding to finish it off. It's a little bulky and makes the neckline stand away from me a teensy bit, but overall I love to wear it. It was so simple to put together that I might crank out a couple more of these this summer!
I was going to take a picture of the new cherry print dress on Clementine, but it was incredibly small and tight and distorted on her. I'm not trying to start rumors, but I hear she has been eating cheesecake like there's no tomorrow. Either that, or my eating vegan for a year+ now means my measurements are now more than a tad smaller than Clem's. Gives me pause when I consider how useful she will be for my swimsuit-sewing adventure in the next few weeks.....
Up next is a new travel bag, and a pair of shorts, and hopefully a simple pair of pants, only a couple years after the pants sew-along I started up. I do meet my sewing commitments, give or take 5 years! ;)