Ballerina Chic :: Coppélia

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Coppélia, in cream. Mods inspired by Rachael.

Something about a the crossover effect of wrap tops and dresses has always screamed understated sexy, to me. I mean, Diane von Furstenberg has forged an empire based primarily on this silhoutte. It’s an enduring style and when you make your own you can eliminate that which can make it hard to wear.

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My first version of this top was made with fabric with a little too much stretch. It could have worked if I thought to shorten the neckband, which when cut the length indicated in the pattern caused the neckline to behave oddly at the shoulders. I had already swapped out the sleeves for the well fitting ones from the BBW pattern I used here (FYI-that sleeve fabric was leftover from this top) and I shaved off several inches from the neckband in this version.

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I really like this fabric. Like REALLY love it. Enough that I planned to buy more, today. But, Kashi was closed when I got there. NY seamstresses, save some for me. I need more because I feel I must have one with ties, too. I can just see the layers they’d create highlighting the waistline of a well fitted black pencil skirt (perhaps in a Beckham or Wang inspired leather version??)

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This was, after all, dead easy to put together. Done completely on my serger. Applying the neckline presented a small challenge, but it was the only one. I could use a loosely fitted one for some dressed up causal styling, too.

More ballerina chic, coming up.

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9 thoughts on “Ballerina Chic :: Coppélia

  1. yes! i would love to see this paired with some of the leather you bought last week – either in the planned rigel (which would be SUPER CHIC) or in a paneled skirt…it would be like, cozy and feminine contrasted with the leather…yum. i think i’m off to sketch now. :-)

  2. I love the lines of this! And what a rad idea to pair with a leather skirt- so damn cool! Fabulous as always!

  3. I love how this crosses over high, so many cross over tops cross too low for me and I always feel slightly indecent in them, this is modest, very flattering and still sexy.

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