I'm not really one for keeping up with celebrities' lives and rarely know who is wearing what designer to which event, but when I saw this dress I just had to post about it. I'm a little late in the game, I guess, since the royal engagement was months ago already. But hey, the wedding is this week, so I'm still not too late.
Isn't her dress beautiful! The color is gorgeous and I love the way the silk jersey drapes. The layered detail across the midriff is stunning. The designer is Issa and the dress can still be gawked at from all angles on net-a-porter although it has long been sold out. The dress in net-a-porter features a knotted and tied-up version of the midriff section of the dress, which is pretty too.
Within a week of the royal engagement all sorts of high-street chains started selling their own replicas of the infamous dress. Chica Boutique sells one for £100 in different colors and it really does look very similar. Only it's not made of silk but viscose. Less classy.
Even Tesco had a knockoff of their own for less than £20. But, oh no, not glamorous at all! Nevertheless it apparently sold out within an hour.
Barbie doll avaialble of Kate Middleton wearing this very dress.The Barbie doll may look something like Kate Middleton, but the dress has certainly lost all its glamour in the Barbie version. No royal blue and certainly not silk jersey.
So shall we go and sew up our own knockoffs? How about using this McCall's pattern. I really like this pattern and it's eerily similar to the Issa dress:
Or this very summery version sans sleeves from DKNY at Vogue. This one is pretty too and even without sleeves it looks kind of similar to Kate's dress from the front:
Ahh, sigh! If only I had more sewing time. And the guts to get working with jersey. Since my recent jersey disaster (that's a story for another time) I like to stay away from jersey. Well, but you skilled jersey seamstresses out there could certainly give these dresses a try. What do you think? Is the Issa dress worth replicating?