Then it came to me...this looks just like Vogue 8900, part of the summer 2013 pattern collection they recently published.
So, of course you know I embarked on a mission to learn more about the designer dress. As part of Carven's Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear line, I initially thought the fabric looked like a traditional French toile print, but a closer look showed it's actually a safari-themed fabric. Interesting? I wanted to learn more.
It seems this exact dress is not available for sale online - or, at least I couldn't find it - but I found another dress from the collection which appears to be made of the same fabric choice. According to net-a-porter, the dress is made of a linen-cotton blend and retails for $560.00.
Knowing it would be a long-shot to find a similar safari-themed print, I wondered what toile print choice could be found and its price. There are many, many options available online, the prices of which varying greatly, anywhere from $6 to $22 or more per yard. But, given the Vogue pattern calls for a maximum of 2 yards of fabric - and that's if it's only 45" wide - you could create your version of Carvin's dress for about fifty bucks. That's a huge value!
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just one of the reasons why I love sewing!