what i'm making: lirika matoshi inspired dress pt. 1

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Happy Tuesday! Or whatever day you are reading this on. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my stories post about a dress that I'm in the process of recreating. It's always been a dream of mine to recreate a designer piece!

Initially, I had posted two of Lirika Matoshi's creations, the Cascading Shimmer Dress  and the Teuta Dress. And then I waited a whole 24 hours (how patient am I?) to see which received a better response! Right from the start, everyone was feeling the Teuta Dress. I was surprised, as I felt the majority would lean toward the more sexy option.

I'll be sharing a bit of my creation process, but not full DIY instructions. I always feel a bit weird doing that with smaller designers, as I feel that I'm "ripping" them off. It's a battle I often have in my head. I don't know if I'm right, but I feel the DIY community isn't the same clientele who would shop the dress. Please share with me your feelings on the topic!

First I started with the top! I decided to make this part "detachable" so that if I was feeling extra cold (or naked),  I could put on a warmer top. Here I used Orange Lingerie's Esplanade Bra. It's not perfect. I burnt it a bit with the iron (lol) and the bottom band stitching could be better. I wrestled with this project so much. 

I initially extended the bodice a bit too much, which didn't allow the boning to lay flat. So I had to take it all apart, trim, and reassemble. What is that saying? Measure once, cut twice? 😉

Anyways, as I started this blog post the star fabric arrived. I'm very eager to wrap this up so that I can cut into it. More on the skirt portion, next time!

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