Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DIY :: RALPH LAUREN AUDREY CAPE GOWN

 I received some requests to share how I made Lupita's famous Ralph Lauren Cape Dress. I have put together a few steps to help you make one of your own.
I hope it helps.

SUPPLIES


  1. Sewing Machine (including thread, needle and accesories) 
  2. McCall's M6462  
  3. McCall's M2401
  4. Fabric: Viscose Crepe  ~ 4 yards (depends on your size)
  5. Lining: Tricot  ~ 3 yards (depends on your size)
  6. Scissors
  7. Sewing Pins
  8. Invisible Zipper 
  9. Measuring Tape
  10. Tailor’s Chalk
  11. Hook and eye or
  12. Sew on Snaps


MEASUREMENTS
Bust, waist, hip, length from top of dress to desired finished length, shoulder to shoulder distance at points of cape attachment

STEPS 


STEP 1.
Place  M6462 front bodice pattern on lining perpPattern instructions.

NOTE: Use your bust, waist and hip measurements to select pattern sizes. Pay particular attention to the finished garment measurement for the M6462, and pick the size that is closest to your body measurements.

WHY: The pattern was designed for a knit fabric which has a little bit of stretch and I made my outfit with a woven fabric with no stretch. 

STEP 2.
Place M2401 over the M6262 pattern

STEP 3.
Make sure that the natural waist line marker of both patterns are aligned.                             
Tuck the M2401 protrusions under the M6462 pattern.                                           
Secure the pattern perimeter to the fabric using pins.

STEP 4
Mark the distance from the top of the dress to your desired length and complete the pattern outline.

STEP 5
Cut out pattern per pattern instructions, observing all notches.
Then transfer all pattern markings to fabric (darts etc.).
Detach pattern from lining fabric.
Finally, repeat the steps 1-5 for the red fabric.

STEP 6
Follow the pattern instructions to construct the dress by focusing on M6462 for the top half of the dress, and M2401 for the rest.
After my dart construction, I had the 3 pieces above and the same pieces for the lining

STEP 7
Complete dress construction. Adjust as necessary to achieve the desired fit. (Please ignore the boxes in the picture. I was in the middle of moving.) 




STEP 8
Construct the cape.

(Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures while I was making the cape but the pattern I drafted looks something like figure A above).

Although I loved Lupita's version of the dress, I wanted mine to be more versatile. So, I made the cape detachable.

To construct the cape:

Place pattern on fabric.
NOTE: X is the distance between the point of attachments of the cape (measured from the back). 
Next cut around the pattern leaving room for seam allowance.
Simply hem around the edges of the cape.
Attach the cape to the dress using hook and eye.  
 

You are done!!!

LESSONS LEARNED

1. Pay attention to the pattern fabric recommendations. The M6262  pattern was designed for a knit fabric so I had a bit of trouble getting it to work for a woven fabric. 

2. I think Lupita's actual cape has more of a trapezium shape than a rectangular one. If you notice hers appears to flare at the bottom. In hindsight, I think the cape pattern should have looked more like figure B below: 


I hope you are inspired to try this project. I would love to see your results!

xoxo

Onyee












3 comments:

  1. What great pattern morphing! You hit the nail right on the head with your dress - so beautiful!

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  2. Great job on this! It looks pretty exact!

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