The only thing I've loved more than this dress is my wedding gown. And maybe my Fryes.
I had a wedding to go to in June and needed a new dress. And of course I wanted to make it. And I knew I wanted it to be special.
I really waffled on whether to buy this fabric or not. It was the most expensive fabric I'd ever bought, and I needed quite a bit of it. But the oversized polka dots and the color were just so me. Perfect. So love won out, and I bought the last few yards Mood had.
It's no longer available, but the fabric was a gorgeous silk satin from one of Carolina Herrera's resort collections a couple of years ago. It was on sale for $40/yard and I just decided to grab it. Thankfully, it wasn't a $150 mistake, because it was GORGEOUS
I used my old favorite, Simplicity 1823. I knew the pleated sleeves and voluminous skirt would look great in this super structured fabric. I scooped both the neckline and back a lot lower though. What, I like to show some boob when I'm dressed up? I also fully lined it with a black silk habotai, because I'm so fancy.
All in, I'd say I spent about $200. And it was 100% worth it, hands down.
Not often someone yells at me on the streets to tell me how cute my dress is!
I felt really adorable and beautiful in it. I've been able to wear it twice (both times to weddings), and I could definitely see wearing it again in the future to a fancy party. It's lovely.
Right now, it crumpled and wrinkled from a return trip from Wisconsin in my suitcase, but I can steam it if I need to.
I would take pictures of the innards, but again, crumpled in my closet. I bound all the skirt seams and the waistband, encased the zipper within the lining, etc. It is awesome.
Side note: I think I sewed this in May. Wore it in June and September. I have a lot of catching up to do.
Project: Navy a-line skirt
implicity 1873 by Cynthia Rowley
Fabric: Carolina Herrera silk satin twill omgomgomg
Notions: thread, lining, invisible zipper
Skills involved: Placing a zipper, regular stuff such as darts and pleating
Changes made: Scooped neckline and back
Fuckups: I attempted pattern matching across the back, but failed. Too much to do it across the zipper.