The crinkle effect reminded me of the fabric used in Olabelhe's Amelia dress pattern picture. I considered buying the pdf pattern, but I thought I probably had a pattern that I could alter to get the same effect. Once I got started, I decided that I really like the low back on her Natalie dress , so I decided to incorporate that feature into my dresses. Then, I decided to forego the elastic bubble hem because I really liked the way the dresses looked on the girls without it. So, I started out to knock-off Amelia and ended up knocking off Natalie instead.
I started with an Ottobre pattern from Summer 2008 for a tie-back tunic. I traced only the bodice of the pattern and shortened it, so it would stop an inch or two below the armpit. For the back pieces of the pattern, I created the scoop and added 1/2 inch to the center back to allow for my snaps. I cut the front and back pieces from my toile knit and from a white broadcloth for lining.
Isn't the back pretty?!
The skirts are simple rectangles. Jenna's is twice the width of the bodice seam and is gathered to fit. On Allie's, I did pleats, so it started as 3 times the width of the bodice. I decided to skip the sash.
Both dresses are twirly, but Allie's is very twirly. Since they are made of knit, they feel more like a playdress but look dressy.
I challenge you to do your own knock-off. Choose your inspiration either from RTW (ready to wear) or from a pattern you may not want to buy. Look through your patterns and find one that has similar details and/or lines, and start from there. I'd love to see what you come up with!