Alexander McQueen impressed me back in 2009 with his Spring 2009 Ready-to-Wear collection featuring a glorious use of kaleidoscope prints. 4 years later, on my birthday I entered my favourite fabric shop “Collage” in Mondovì and asked for “a nice fabric with some body to hold the shape of the dress”, Sergio showed me this bright, multicolored allover print in 50% cotton and 50% silk and I knew at once – that’s it!

Emilio Pucci fashion fabric before cutting

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Alexander McQueen fabric


The photos from Alexander McQueen Spring 2009 Ready-to-wear collections are here


I have been admiring Julia Bobbin’s creations on Burdastyle for a while, so when she wrote about Mad Men Dress Challenge 2 I decided to participate. To take part you have to  find a dress from Mad Men that you love and create your own version. It doesn’t have to be an exact copy, you can just be inspired by the style. Blogged here . More inspirational Mad Men dresses on Julia Bobbin’s pinterest board

kaleidoscope print dress

kaleidoscope print dress

The pattern is from Burda 11/2012_121. I like the way wide skirt swings down below the fitted bodice with beautiful inverted pleats. The dress is lined with a fantastic Bemberg lining (made in Gallarate, Italy), I really like it silky luxurious touch against the skin. In the back seam is 60 cm invisible zipper, three-quarte sleeves, pockets in the side seams. I’ve made also a 50’s petticoat to help the silhouette.




I finished the seams with bias tape for a neat look and hand stiched the hem.


The labels are birthday gift from my sister Olga. I’ll be writing my next post about it.

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