Remember way back when, when I was deciding whether or not to make a last-minute dress for a wedding I was going to? I had a sneak peek here and desperately wanted to show off my new dress sooner, but some failed photoshoots and school got in the way.
BUT! Sister Bee came to my rescue and took these amazing photos so I could finally show you guys the dress! The pattern is Vogue 1228 by Vena Cava, with a few modifications.
The fabric is a thin but very stable printed silk. It’s the most money I’ve ever spent on fabric for a single project, aside from my wedding dress. Even with my tight timeline, I made myself make a muslin because I knew I would have sobbed if I’d spent tons of money on fabric, sewed up the dress and didn’t like it. I sewed suuuuper slowly with a tiny needle and really babied the fabric.
The major modification I made was foregoing the sleeve cuffs. I tried them with the muslin and engaged in some major waffling. In the end, they just didn’t feel necessary with this fabric. I shortened the loop that would have been used to hold the cuff up to pull the sleeve up instead because I liked how it raised the sleeve up on the sides.
That said, I’m sorely tempted to make this dress again in a different, more every-day fabric with the cuffs. (Why do I always feel like I have to make everything in duplicate and triplicate?) The pattern was really well-done, and I thought it did a great job of making the ease and volume in this dress flattering. I would highly recommend to anyone looking for a unique dress.
I’m on the lookout for another occasion to wear this dress, but it just feels a little too fancy for work. And given that the temperatures in Seattle have finally dropped to our normal 44 – 57 degree (F) range, the dress might have to wait patiently until next July. Still, I’m proud of myself for branching out of my normal fabric choices and making a party dress.