I finished my New Year’s Eve dress sometime in January and am excited to share it with you now! My sis and I got together this weekend and had a little photo shoot. I could have sworn that I blogged about how I worked on it nearly all NYE day, only to put it aside around 6pm to enjoy dinner with Nathan (a decision I still stand by!), but the post doesn’t seem to exist.. Even though my Wedding Guest Dress turned out well sewn on an extremely tight deadline, that’s no guarantee that this one would have. And, I’m starting to realize that sewing for 6 hours is a recipe for sore hands and careless construction.
And we deserve better, don’t we?
The pattern is the widely-reviewed Burda Cap Sleeve dress. I went through three rounds of muslins on this project, which included a small-bust adjustment and re-positioning of the darts. This pattern also inspired me to become a Tracer rather than a Cutter, which made adjusting it that much easier. I think the front looks fantastic, but the back (which I adjusted less) still looks a bit funny to me. Don’t get me wrong, this dress will be worn any time the occasion calls for a metallic dress, but I may need to revisit the back pattern if I make it again. I may be the proud owner of both a broad back and a sway back.
The fabric is a metallic glazed linen from Mood Fabrics, my first purchase from them. I washed it very gently in cold water and it didn’t seem to lose too much shine. It’s beautiful stuff, although I’m not sure it’s exactly right for a fitted dress since it’s both wrinkle-prone and difficult to iron. For my own peace of mind, I’m considering the wrinkles a design feature.
There was even a little treat for Orson from Mood; like many others of his kind, he enjoys a good crinkly bag.
The suggested skirt length was nearly perfect pre-hemmed, so I took another gander at a hem facing with a blind hem to adhere it to the skirt. I used the fabric I also used to line the bodice, which was a lovely grey cotton. I really like hem facings as a way to make a rich hem without sacrificing length.
The dress made its debut at a modern dance performance, which was just as special as New Year’s Eve.
I think I’m set for party dresses for now. Thanks to some of the realizations brought on by Gillian‘s Top 5 lists, I’m turning my attention to tops, tunics, jackets (!) and pants (!) this year. Has your sewing focus changed noticeably in 2013 so far?