DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

White is hot this season on the runways and almost every designer has it in their shows for the spring and summer season.

Pamella Roland, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Christian Dior, Band of Outsiders, are collections populated white shades of white!

Not only is it all over the runways, but also the instagram feeds of your fashionistas.
Of course, I’m totally one of them, right?

When deciding which white ensemble spoke to me the most, I fell instantly in love with one from Lanvin’s Spring/Summer Collection.

Alber Elbaz insists that he knows a dress is working when he looks into a model’s face and sees the face, not the dress.

as quoted here.

I was inspired by the simple silhouette and clean lines.
The woman/wearer, stands out without the dress wearing her.

As the silhouette is simple, so are the pattern modifications used to recreate this flowy summer look!

DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

Here’s what you need to get started:

  • White silk crepe, rayon, or a flowy white fabric of your choice,
  • New Look Pattern 6306 from Simplicity Pattern Company,
    what I love most about this pattern are the darts at the bustline and the center back seam.
    I love a good center back seam because helps accent the curves of the body,
    without making it too boxy in shape.
  • Thread to match.

The Lanvin Inspired Shift dress:

  • Cut out Pattern B from the New Look Pattern 6306 from Simplicity Pattern Company, except the flounce.
  • Lay out the the front and back bodice and with extra paper,
    (tissue paper, left over wrapping paper, butcher paper, pattern making paper)
    extend the hem of the bodice to the desired floor length of your choice.
    Err on the side of being too long, because you cannot add more fabric to the hem once it’s been cut.
  • Add a side slit to your pattern.
  • Use image below as your guide. Dotted line being the added pattern modifications you will make.
    DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 
  • Cut out the dress fabric and sew according to pattern directions for the bodice, and arms.
  • Sew slit and hem to desired length.
  • Iron. Iron. Iron.
  • And that’s it, you’re done! Accessorize that baby accordingly and your are out the door!

DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

What I love most about this look is the attention to the wearer and her details.

It’s simple enough to add some of the flashiest accessories for your more special occassions as seen here,

  • the earrings are from Downeast, (similar)
  • the belt is vintage,
  • the sandels are Madden Girl (similar)

It’s also so easy to take it down a notch and wear for every day with tan accessories.

However, you dress and accessorize, a classic silhouette white out might be what your wardrobe needs this season.

Whether you make one or not, it’s totally worth the investment… along with a great stain remover.
Because HELLO, it’s white! It’s gonna need some love in the wash and this DIY treatment is my favorite trick.

Stay tuned for next week’s post, I love to post sneak peeks on my Instagram account and behind the scenes on snap chat: therivaladiva




DIY Lanvin Inspired Shift Dress Tutorial 

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  1. 5

    You are a Greed Goddess in that pretty maxi white dress that you made. The gold accessories are perfect with it, Beautiful Riva.

    Welcome by. <3 Ada.

  2. 11

    White and gold are such a perfect pair – especially with a good tan! 🙂 Love that dress and I can’t believe you made it!!


  3. 13

    Very cool, Riva. Great talent you have. Basic and beautiful all in one.

    Doh! I finally figured out the path from my blog to your blog. Yay! My new site gets better and better each day cuz I am finding surprises in how it is operating around blog-land.


  4. 14
    Jyoti Patel

    Beautiful dress! I can’t believe you made it – I’m so jealous. I also love the way you’ve styled it–it’s so chic and looks perfect for casual or dressed-up wear. So glad I find your blog through link-ups, I love all your DIYs!

    Jyoti @

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