Coco Chanel said,
"If there is no copying, how are you going to have fashion?"
I have to say, when I first saw the Sugar-Coated Dress, I couldn't wait to own it...
but upon trying it on, I encountered one disappointment after another.
Aside from the fact that I'd hoped the colors would be a little more vibrant and was a bit confused about whether it was meant to have a peter pan or stand-up collar, I kept wondering,
How can such a beautiful dress fit me so poorly?
Granted, I do have a rather androgynous shape in...ahem...key places, but come on, work with me here! I even tried on several dresses in the same size, hoping it was just some kind of bodice malfunction. But no, it simply didn't work on me...sigh..
Then, one day, as I was ho-humming my way past 400 uninspiring aisles of GO COLTS! anti-pill fleece at Joann Fabric's, I spotted this fabric tucked demurly in an obscure corner...
My eyes bugged out so far, I may have actually suffered retinal detachment.
The colors were brilliant, the fabric design, just short of whimsical, and shoot, I think it actually sang. No disappointment here.
And so, with $24 dollars and a few hours of my time and effort, the Indian Summer dress was born (and it fits perfectly).
My initial sketch
A work in progress
And, of course, my very, very favorite aspect of this dress--
the KRISTINA J. label on the inside!!!
So, what do you think? Does it work as a nice alternative to the original, or not?
I guess it's gonna have to work for me, 'cuz she's all I've got!