the “never let go” dress
Fabric: cream-colored cotton embroidered eyelet from B&J fabrics; green silk from paron annex; red(dish) silk charmeuse from mood fabrics
Pattern: vogue 8409 (dress), simplicity 2412 (slip dress), simplicity 1920 (belt)
Year: modern (dress and belt), c.1930s (slip dress)
Notions: zipper, leftover stash lace
Time to Complete: 8 hours
First Worn: February 22, 2012
Wear Again: Yes.
Total Price: the eyelet was pricy, like liberty of london pricey. definitely $50-$75 in total.
Challenge Theme: Academy Awards (Titanic, winner Best Picture 1998)
admit it. you already know where i’m going with this.
although i toyed with the idea of grace kelly’s iconic pink ensemble from the driving scene in “to catch a thief” (one of my movie top 5s), this titanic gown had been on my board much longer and, coupled with my downton abbey obsession, took precedence over princess grace. i had been collecting photos of this dress for almost a year and had the fabric at least 8 or 9 months. i’d quickly settled on a pattern (vogue 8409) for a modern update on the look and even done some of my first pattern drafting EVER to make the sleeve more of a bell shape and to add a pleat in the back (just because i like pleats).
as usual i spent the entire week procrastinating on this dress, especially after my “red” project from last week got more complicated than i was interested in dealing with. this sort of thing is why they invented the three-day weekend–finally, rested and restless, i was ready to tackle a new project.
the dress is cut so that the scalloped, embroidered edge of the fabric forms its own hem. the rest of the dress has french seams, although i bollixed up the midriff construction and it is not as clean as i would like. i constructed the dress in the flat, which was oddly satisfying and definitely made all of the french seams cleaner. i used the slapdash sewist’s crossover SBA method for a fit that was surprisingly on-point.
but don’t get me started on the poorly-fitted, craptastic wonder that is my slip dress. i’ll get too depressed. at least it looks ok under the cotton eyelet.