A Lagenlook-drafting tale…

This was bound to happen.

Over the past few weeks I’ve sewn three dresses with a Lagenlook vibe. And I love them. One thing they all have in common is a plethora of pattern pieces – lots of pieces and seaming to get that iconic fly-away/belled look.

Being totally without anything else I HAD to do, I started thinking about drafting a simple dress – front, back, and sleeve – that would mimic those lines. It would be as easy to sew as a tee shirt dress.

Fun project! I decided to use the skirt from the StyleArc Toni Designer Dress and the bodice from the Sewing Workshop Cityscapes Dress.

A little time on the floor, with both patterns and more tissue on top, and I had something to sew.
Actually, this first version isn’t bad – but it is very unstructured through the body and sleeve. I do like the fabric (a pre-cut rayon/cotton/lycra jersey from Fabric Mart), so I’ll re-sew this as a tunic in the spring. It will be great over white leggings.
Not deterred, I went back to work. This time I kept the skirt from my first draft, and added the bodice from Sandra Betzina’s knit dress, V1297. The Betzina dress has a more narrow bodice and a French dart for shaping. And it has a nice slim sleeve.

Success!

I’ll be able to whip one up in no time – the dress at the top of this post was sewn just that way 🙂 Now I’m off to see what else I can do to make a mess in the loft. I’m thinking a nightgown.

Ciao! Coco