Sunday, March 24, 2013

Labor of love



dress: DIY | shoes: Christian Louboutin St. Jeanette | clutch: F21 | bracelets: (7mm in onyx & pearl) | necklace: Lorraine Tyne c/o

This is what I wore to Spoonful of Ginger, an annual fundraiser to benefit Asian American diabetes research. I made it specifically for the event because I didn't have anything to wear nor did I feel like shopping. The design was inspired by Delpozo fall/winter 2013 collection, in particular, this red dress! The sleeves were a conscience addition, the lace trim however, was the end result of a measurement miscalculation. A happy accident, because I really love the outcome!

By far, this is the most advanced and time consuming project I've ever attempted. It took me almost an entire week to complete. The most difficult part was the box pleats/scallop details around the waist. Together with Karen from In Stitches, we were able to somewhat figure out the secret behind the construction. Each section was painstakingly hand stitched, not to mention I took it apart several times due to uneven placement. Although no where near the original, I think we did fairly well duplicating it.

35 comments:

  1. Khatu, this is a beautiful dress as well as a beautiful outfit. Equally beautiful was the fact this was done for charity. Benevolence is always in style all year. While I am not usually fond of spiked shoes, these spiked peep-toe pumps are nice to go with this lovely dress.

    johnbmarine.blogspot.com

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  2. Great job on the dress. You captured the essence beautifully. The blue necklace contrasts with the color the dress very well.

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  3. wow! amazing job! and you look great!

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  4. that is the most darling dress ever!

    www.petiteandhungry.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh so beautiful and classy for such a great cause! Love the colors and volume of the dress!

    Cee. ♥

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  6. Oh my goodness Khatu, I am even more impressed with this dress after seeing the inspiration behind it. You should be so proud!!! What a talent you have :) Hope to see more DIYs on your blog soon!

    xox
    Jen

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  7. Omg you are beautiful! This is the best post till now!the dress is so pretty,i want it :( and the necklace goes perfect with red ;) send u kisses

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  8. wow, you did a great job! Beautiful dress :)

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  9. Khatu, you are awe inspiring! The dress is gorgeous.

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  10. I couldn't but compliment on your sartorial creation. A well constructed dress indeed, let me know if you ever open to take orders for this....

    Thanks
    Saumya
    http://www.myriadmusings.net/

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    1. Saumya, email me (iamkhatublog@gmail.com) if you're interested.. but labor will be pricey.

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  11. I hope the event raised a lot of funds and awareness :) Beautiful dress, I had no idea you made that until I read the whole post! It is amazing! I love the scallop detail.

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  12. This is a gorgeous dress! You did an incredible job and such a beautiful color on you!

    xo Laura

    www.losofancy.blogspot.com

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  13. You did an amazing job! The scallop detail on the sleeves is such a small thing, but it really shows how much love and care you put in to this DIY.

    http://www.xjole.com

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    1. Jo, you notice the smallest details.

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  14. Khatu, fantabulous! What a great spin from the inspiration!! Love, love, LOVE!

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  15. this looks so great khatu! congrats and when is your etsy shop opening?!!

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    1. it's already opened! http://www.etsy.com/shop/iamKhatu

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  16. Amazing job on the dress dear so chic!


    http://fashionyard.blogspot.com

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  17. You did an amazing job hon, I tried this exact look for one of my skirts and wanted to stab myself with the scissors a few times in the process! Glad you made it out alive!! lol xo

    KT
    www.KTRstyle.com

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    1. lol. I was pretty close to doing the same!

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  18. Khatu, you are so talented! I love this dress and the necklace looks perfect with it. Love the color combo.

    xo Jo

    http://www.whiterosesandcoffee.com/

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  19. This dress is art. It's just gorgeous, and it looks beautiful on you! Congrats on opening your etsy store, too!

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  20. Woooo hoooo! Seriously, the most amazing DIY ever. I love it, Khatu. Dang, I wish we lived closer, we could have DIY parties together. Bravo!!! Job, well done.

    Make me one! ;)

    xx Love & Aloha
    http://elisharon.blogspot.com

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  21. How frieking adorable and chic! Love this look in it's entirety!

    Roni
    www.styleandpoise.blogspot.com

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  22. I clicked on the inspired-dress and you did an impeccable job, especially the details around the waist and sleeves, and I do love the hemline as well! Amazing!

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  23. Khatu, this color looks so great on you. I cannot believe you made this dress in a week, complete with darts and pleats. It's really amazing!!

    -Maria
    m-rea.tumblr.com

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  24. Whoa, Khatu, what an amazing feat of engineering. Since I'm not handy ... with my hands, I really admire people who can literally MAKE something, let alone make something fabulous. Looks great!

    Love + aloha,
    Mae Xx // thereafterish.com

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  25. This is super cute Khatu! I think I even like your version better than the original! You should try out for Project Runway - I think you could win!!

    Kamola
    www.99boxesofshoes.blogspot.com

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