Playing with a copycat dress…



I think this Hugo Boss dress, beautifully worn by Meghan Markle, is so pretty. I love the relaxed look, simple elegance, and unexpected belt design.

I researched it as much as possible. It was shown in Boss’ 2018 Ready-to-Wear collection, but I didn’t find it available for purchase. A dress done in the same fabric is in his shop, so I did confirm that the fabric is cotton/poly plisse.


No plisse in my stash! but I decided to work with a rayon challis that I’ve had for a few months, but don’t like very much 🙂 It was an easy sacrifice. I also went through my patterns for something similar. I can’t wear zippers, so I knew my dress would not have the shaping of the original.

I settled on Burda Style 06/2011 #107, a simple A-link tank dress that, on its own, works best in something like linen, not challis. It has dropped shoulders, which I prefer, and neckline facings. BTW, those pockets are so cute – they’re topstitched to the front of the dress. I made it once 4 years ago, but at the time the style didn’t appeal to me (here).

06 2011 107

Moving on, pics of the dress:



I’m trying to overlook the print, but I still think this is a sad attempt! The high spot is the belt. It’s 54″ long, and I really like it.

All the time I was working on this little disaster, I was thinking about how much more I would like it in a knit fabric. I recently got Christine Jonson’s #526 wrap dress, which has a nice vibe. Picture it with a modified funky belt…

526 wrap dress cjonson-side

Since wrap dresses are on trend at the moment, I might just do this 🙂

Ciao! Coco

6 thoughts on “Playing with a copycat dress…

  1. What a lovely dress! How did you stabilize a self-belt made of challis? I’m imagining it turning into a limp, strangling mess. In my life as a historical costumer and cosplayer, I spend a lot of my sewing time studying inspiration pieces to copy them as much as I’m able. In this case, I think it’s the shape of the neckline. See how the HBoss dress comes very close to the sides of the neck, and then drops into a dramatic *narrow* V? The Burda pattern has a much wider V, which contributes to the whole garment looking wider overall (plus the dropped shoulders, which ITA with you about! Love that feature. Much more wearable than sleeveless!). With maybe a bit less fullness through the torso, which would also be easier to achieve in a knit. Definitely make another go at this–can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    1. Hi Elizabeth! Totally agree about the v-neck. I thought about running a seam down the front to bring it in, but… lost interest 🙂 The belt is interfaced with tricot knit interfacing cut vertically, not across the stretch. Also, it began at 6″ wide – folded down the center, sides folded to center, whole thing folded again, so it has lots of layers in it!

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  2. Hi Coco, I really like your dress. Usually your prints are larger, so I can see why you aren’t too excited about this one, or maybe it is the color, but I DO LIKE IT. With your height, you can carry off the large prints, I’m 5’1″, so no large prints for me. Like the matching belt effect. In the first photo it looks like the Boss skirt is a trumpet style at the bottom, nice and swishy. This past Monday, Peggy Sagers’ You Tube video is about her trumpet skirt and with all the pattern changes you make, you might find this of interest. Lots of ideas here.
    I like Christine Jonson’s pattern, too, and looks like nice drape at the hemline. Looking forward to your next post.


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