More Summer Layers

Continuing my pursuit of summer layers, I just loved a look from Oscar de la Renta’s spring 10 line with a colorful print dress worn over a white sleeveless shirtdress.  I managed to find this nice brocade at Mood with some yellow and blue in it.  It’s probably rayon.

The first couple of times I saw this look of a longer skirt worn under a shorter one, I could not get my head around it, but now I like it.  It feels very now.  It was featured in the Celine collection that everyone seems so enamoured with, as well.  I like the way it shows up in de la Renta, which is so ornate, and Celine, which is supposed to be so minimalist.  I’m a bit ambivalent about minimalism in general.  Perhaps I overdosed on it in the 90’s.

Here’s the dress front without the belt.  It’s from BWOF 11/07 105, front neckline lowered 1″, straps widened, pleats added to skirt
Dress back
Front detail
Embroidery on the back lining
Underdress from BWOF 6/2000 105.  I love a deep hem.
Underdress back
Inspiration photo from


  1. Posted April 25, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I was taken with that look as well and this is working as a concept for me. Very nice!

  2. Posted April 25, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Great interpretation. I love both pieces.

  3. Posted April 25, 2010 at 8:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love the stripe and the dress

  4. Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink | Reply

    That's so pretty! I love the two skirt lengths, too. πŸ™‚

  5. Posted April 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink | Reply

    The work is great, but I have to be honest and say that I'm not with Mr de la Renta on this one.

  6. Posted April 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Well, I'm with Mr. Oscar. I think this is darling. I guess we could say this is actually a pinafore. Love the fabrics you picked.

  7. Posted April 26, 2010 at 2:05 am | Permalink | Reply

    I love the brocade and the white is very crisp.

  8. Posted April 26, 2010 at 2:12 am | Permalink | Reply

    It works and it will certainly work well on you. Love the fabric.

  9. Posted April 26, 2010 at 3:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    How cute! Love both dresses! What a great idea… too bad I don't think I could pulloff that look here in Texas… that's too many layers for the Texas heat. πŸ™‚

  10. Posted April 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Permalink | Reply

    to.die.forI just love the striped fabric; the proportions and the placement of the stripes.I've been wondering, is your dress form a standard size or did you get one where you send in a zillion measurements and they make one for you. I heard you can order a Wolf form that way. wouldn't that be nice! And your dress form does look a lot like you.

  11. Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Love your interpretation of the runway look!

  12. Posted April 26, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    To a little sewing on the side, Thanks! And about my form. I have a wolf form where I went to the factory in Englewood NJ and got measured and they made it for me. Unfortunately, I was larger then, and since I've lost some weight, it does not really fit me. Then when I moved to London 3 years ago, the movers sent it to storage instead of putting it in the shipping container, so I bought an adjustable form in London. Now that I'm back in the US, I have both forms. When i make something very fitted, I photograph it on the adjustable form, because I can't get it zipped up on y wolf form.

  13. Posted April 26, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Really cute combination of colors and fabrics. That look works well for you.

  14. Posted April 27, 2010 at 9:35 am | Permalink | Reply

    Love, love your layered dress!

  15. Posted April 27, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Gorgeous and I love a deep hem too! Very nicely done!

  16. Posted May 1, 2010 at 7:27 am | Permalink | Reply

    Wow, what a wonderful combination. I would have never thought of it, but I think it's very cute!

  17. Kathleen
    Posted May 30, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Claudine, your work is inspirational. I’m so glad I found your blog. Question: The black paper bag cropped trousers posted on Stitchers’ Guild the other day… could we possibly have some details? I love those trousers!

  18. Posted October 7, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink | Reply

    This is a gorgeous outfit and you look fantastic in it!

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