Faux Missoni Dress


Pattern: combo of Renfrew by Sewaholic and Vogue 8138 (OOP)
Fabric: sweater knit from Fabric Place Basement

Leggings: DKNY
Boots: Franco Sarto

I don’t own anything designer.  Probably the closest designer items I own are a Michael Michael Kors blazer and a Marc by Marc Jacobs iPhone cover.  I love looking at designer clothes for inspiration, like the Calvin Klein top I used last year, or even going into Nordstrom and inspecting the inside of garments for construction details and ideas.  As I was snooping around my favorite local fabric store, this fabric jumped out at me.  It makes me think of the Italian fashion house Missoni, know for their famous zig-zag and geometric knitwear.  So, in a sense, the fabric inspired me to make a dress styled like the Missoni dresses I’ve seen in Neiman Marcus, but for a fraction of the $1,000 price they usually retail for (seriously, I made this for under $30).


Knowing I wanted a simple silhouette, like many Missoni dresses, I looked in my stash to see if I had a simple knit dress pattern, but everything I pulled out had some kind of styling to it that wouldn’t lend itself well to this funky print.  You know where this is going…

Oh good old Renfrew, how I love you.  I took the top of the Renfew pattern and the bottom of my Vogue dress pattern and combined them together at the waist, grading seams where necessary.  I had some tweaking to do at the sides to make it a bit more fitted than my Renfrew tops, attached the long sleeves, and hemmed the dress to a shorter length that I’ll be ok wearing in warmer weather, sans leggings.  I’m thinking that these colors will make my faux Missoni dress a great transitional garment when the weather decides to get a little warmer.


While I may not have used real Missoni knit fabric for this dress, like Sarah’s version, I still feel like this dress is special and fun to wear.  I’m looking forward to getting lots of wear out of this in the coming months!

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  1. March 6, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    It looks really nice! I love the color combination. And all that money you saved by making your own version can be used for more fabric, right?

    • March 9, 2013 / 2:32 am

      Hahaha I love your thinking!

  2. March 6, 2013 / 1:41 pm

    It looks great, and you look lovely in it. I love the color of the fabric. Who cares about using authentic fabric? Why pay for a name! 🙂

    • March 9, 2013 / 2:33 am

      My feelings exactly 🙂

  3. March 6, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    wow – this is gorgeous! great job.

    • March 9, 2013 / 2:33 am

      Thanks so much Diane!

  4. March 8, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    Oooh sew, erm, SO pretty! I love the colors too.

  5. Anonymous
    March 11, 2013 / 5:39 pm

    beautiful clothing .maybe you should change your blog's name to "sew right"

  6. December 17, 2013 / 3:12 pm

    Gorgeous dress! I really love the pattern and the style! You did really great work on this! Green/Aqua is such a great color for you! Have you ever tried making any formal sequin dresses? I think you would look great in a dark emerald sequin dress especially for Christmas.

  7. Anonymous
    September 27, 2014 / 2:06 am

    That dress is very Missoni. You did a great job. It looks fantastic on you!

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