Hello my lovely sewing and creative friends, thanks for stopping by and reading this post. Wow, It’s finally my turn and on Friday 13th! Fun Right? Well here we are Day 6 of this amazing tour. I was asked by Judith Dee if I wanted to participate in a Blog Tour and Challenge which the awesome Elizabeth of Elizabeth Made This was hosting. Obviously! The answer is yes, I can’t help but say yes. So read on to be apart of my adventure and don’t forget to follow the links below to the other bloggers on this blogger challenge/tour.
This is quite the challenge, in a nutshell you are to create a day dress that is 100% YOU! It can be any color, texture, and design. I really wanted to make two WOW dresses and hopefully I hit the mark with my choices. I wanted to play with color & texture for the day look. The night dress is all about a special occasion look. As usual I can never pick a simple make, but this time a less complicated design in a magnificent fabric is all I need.
The Day Dress: BurdaStyle 9/2014 Style 130
My goal for this dress, is fun, playful and effortless. Something that I could go shopping with and easily dress up if need be. With the swap of my strappy heels to a comfy white sneakers and casual accessories.
The diamond pattern fabric used on the top was chosen to balance off the black/blue skirt fabric with the red. I knew at first glance the skirt fabric would seem off and not match the red brocade in color or texture. Yet I feel this gives the dress a nice uniqueness and adds a designer touch.
Here is the fabric I used:
Performance Fabric-Diamond Scuba Bonded Mesh Black https://goo.gl/Tpvqte
Red Floral Brocade from Style Maker Fabrics Salvage Yard https://goo.gl/s6rkFf
Telio Portland Challis Cinematic Blue/White https://goo.gl/b06lZQ
The dress was cut in a size 38, with no alterations. The instructions were not half bad. I didn’t feel overwhelm and got through rather quickly. Boning was used since it was required, I used Rigilene Polyester Boning , it was the least intimidating form of boning. If you’re like me, I had no clue about the boning process. I did a good bit of lite corset making research to assist with my dress. In the end it wasn’t as bad as I expected. I actually think you could forego the boning if you were working with a mid-weight knit or scuba fabric. Any fabric with stretch and good recovery that can hold the corset like shape will work.
Tip: I learnt that the boning tape mentioned in the Burda instructions refers to the casing for your bones.
The Night Dress: Vogue 1490 Nicola Finetti
I really wanted to go all out with this look, because it was such great challenge for me. I have always wanted to make something breathtaking. But when it came time to cut my dress (BurdaStyle 11/22014 119), I ran out of fabric and had to change my strategy.
The V1490 is an awesome alternative with its asymmetrical hem and deep neckline. I felt since the pattern was originally designed with an interlining of batting that the texture of my fabric would be a perfect marriage. This is such a pretty fabric and I love the stretch factor and the recovery of it.
My fabric came Joann’s: All That Glitters Collection – Stretch Velvet Burnout Black: https://goo.gl/uezE7b
V1490 is my second Nicola Finette dress, read about my first experience here. This is fantastic design, I love how the shoulders has a dimple/heart like effect flowing into the sexy neckline.
Here is a quick peek at the inside, as it’s fully lined with a hand stitched zipper.
There are two pleats on the skirt, however they are double ( where a small pleat goes in one direction and a larger pleats folds over the small) to add volume to the asymmetrical-hem.
I am so happy with this two projects, I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick start my sewing in 2017.
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