See It: Inspiration from Alexander McQueen, Balmain and Givenchy

See it : Inspiration from a Trip to Selfridges

This post outlines the next three projects I plan to sew. I got my inspiration from a trip to Manchester for a family birthday party. Whilst visiting the city I took a trip to Selfridges. Needless to say it was full of designer products that would take me months of saving to afford. The ranges stocked included Gucci, Tiffanys, Loewe and Tommy Hillfiger to name a few. Whilst browsing I found three dresses that I really loved by Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Balmain. Unfortunately even if I had the money I don’t think I could justify spending over £1000 on a single dress, so I thought I would try and make my own versions.


Balmain’s dress is cut from a ribbed stretch-knit that hugs and sculpts the body. It has a mini hemline, high turtleneck and is embellished with the label’s signature embossed gold buttons. It was available for £1,010. I really like the simplicity of this dress and the military styling with the button plackets at the shoulder and down the side of the body.

Balmain - Ribbed stretch-knit mini dress
Balmain: ribbed stretch-knit mini dress. (pictures taken from )

Visit Design it: Sew a Balmain Inspired Dress to see the design for my Balmain dress and Make it: Sew a Balmain Inspired Knit Dress for how I made it.

Alexander McQueen

This dress formed part of Alexander McQueen’s SS17 Fair Isle knitwear collection which was designed to reflect the spirit of the Shetland Islands. This mini dress is made from jacquard-knit silk-blend with a hint of stretch, it has has puff sleeves, a flared hem and contrasting ribbing at the neck and cuffs. It was being sold for £1,575. I really like the slim fit of the dress and the shape that was created with the flounce in the skirt, it’s feminine and flirty. I do like the pattern of the knit fabric but I am sure it is going to be difficult to find similar material off the shelf to create my own version.

Alexander McQueen: Fair Isle jacquard-knit silk-blend mini dress
Alexander McQueen: Fair Isle jacquard-knit silk-blend mini dress  (pictures taken from )

Click HERE to see how I designed my version of this Alexander McQueen dress. Additionally, click HERE to see how I made it.


I really really love this textured viscose jersey dress! I like the rugby shirt style with the oversized white collar. Also, the purple, orange and red colour block wave design is cool. It has a chest patch pocket, a centre front button placket, an assymetric hem and button fastening cuffs. It was available for £2395. 

Givenchy: Contrast-collar Jersey Mini Dress
Givenchy: Contrast-collar Jersey Mini Dress (pictures taken )

Why these designs?

I want to add theses dresses to my ever growing wardrobe because depending on how you style them they can be worn in both the summer and the winter. In the changeable British weather versatility is important!!!!!

I have been looking at challenging myself with making my own patterns and thought that these dresses would be a good place to start. In theory they all have the same basic shape of a close fitting dress. This is then embellished with button plackets, collars or flounce. SInce they were all made of jersey no darts would be required which makes life easier for my first pattern making project.

So hopefully in the next few months I will take you through the process I have gone through to design my own version of the above dresses. I will also go through how I drafted the patterns and made the final products.