Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Cover Designs! #11

I haven't done a Cover Designs post in ages! Cover Designs is a feature in which I try to match up the outfit on a book cover with a dress pattern and sometimes even potential fabric matches as well.

Today's featured book is a forthcoming title, one that's sure to be a hit as a summer read! Written by Hazel Gaynor (a well established historical novelist) and Heather Webb, Meet Me In Monaco is set in the 1950s against the backdrop of Grace Kelly’s whirlwind romance and wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco. Grace Kelly is a character only so much as she draws together the two main characters who also have to decide what they will do for love: Sophie Duval, a perfumier, and James Henderson, a British press photographer, are brought together by chance when Sophie helps out Grace Kelly. Summer sun, the Cannes film festival, the Cote d'Azur and Grace Kelly herself are sure to up the glam factor of this book. And the cover is lovely.

Look at that beautiful sea green
Now, to match this dress with a modern pattern, not a vintage one, I took a few little liberties. The dress I'm suggesting would need a little bit of oomph added to the skirt via a full slip/crinoline to be more exact, and the belt would have to be altered from a sash to a self belt. And you might need a corset to get a waist as small as that illustration!

But I think this one is close. And if you made it from a lovely flowy green fabric, you'd fit right in at Cannes (if you were wearing high heels, of course...)

I'm suggesting Vogue 1554, an Isaac Mizrahi design.

It has the right shape: a fitted yoke, with gathers below, all the way around the bodice and skirt. There is no waistband, just the belt, so it's a little more current than the book cover, but gives the same effect. It would be a wonderful summer dress is a light colour/weight, like the lightweight crepe or challis suggested in the pattern. 

Or to give it a little more body, try this Kona cotton in Candy Green from Club Tissus:

Then grab a drink and relax with your summer read, in your matching dress! 


  1. My gosh you have some interesting twists on books and sewing! What a quirky and clever idea. I love the cover of the book, and think your suggestion is near perfect.

    1. This is really fun to do, and seeing so MANY books cross the counter at work gives me lots of ideas :)

  2. Mimi G did a lovely version of this dress changing the pleats to gathers so it looks a bit more like your inspiration dress. Hers is white with a lace panel on the skirt. So many ways to interpret that simple design. https://mimigstyle.com/diy-pullover-dress-with-lace-panel-using-v1554/

    1. Thanks for the link! Yes, changing the pleats to gathers would be a better match ;) And oh my gosh, Mimi G's dress is so fabulous. Beautiful.

  3. You are so fun to follow! and inspiring!


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