This dress is truly a long time coming you guys. Like I seriously purchased all the materials for this dress a year go. What took me so long to actually make this dress you ask? Well, fear! Yep, I was scared,lol.
You see, I had never made anything quite like this before, but this year I said I was giving fear a kick in the butt in so many areas in my life. I am truly going to embrace being "fearlessly fierce"! But that's another topic in itself y'all,lol!
Okay, so back to the dress. I purchased 5 1/2 yards of a stretch scalloped laced fabric from Moodfabrics.com. I know that the pattern did not call for such yardage, but I wanted to be sure that I had enough. And I would have had enough, had I not cut the skirt portion out wrong- not just wrong, but ALL the way wrong, HA!
For the underlining and lining, I used a four way stretch rayon blend knit fabric and it worked great! I didn't have any tricot fabric, but I had 6 yards of this white rayon blend knit fabric, so yeah, winning! So this pattern does have you underline and line the garment, which makes for a pretty intensive, well let me stop being over dramatic and just say it's a little more work than normal,lol.
|inside of the basted underline bodice|
The bodice front, the bodice back and the front and back band are the underline sections of the garment, which I totally basted together on my machine, yeah, no, couture hand-sewing around these parts until I have to,lol. The lining portions are the bodice front and back and the front and back band.
|the dress lining before I attached it to the dress|
The skirt sections you are to cut and sew the skirt front and back sections twice, and then you put the skirt sections rights sides together and stitch the bottom hems together. After that you. trim understitch the bottom section of the joined skirt, flip inside outside and baste the top skirt section that is now one. And Viola! Now you have a lining that you don't have to hem. Love this because it makes this dress hem free, yes! I may have an aversion to hemming,lol.
|I really loved the neckline, but it was too low, even with|
my attempt to raise it slightly, boo hoo!
|French seams. If you have an aversion from doing|
french seams,then run now,lol! French seams are every which
way in this pattern, but it does make such a tidy looking dress.
Let's talk about sizing and alterations a bit. Well, I really didn't know what size to make in this dress. There were no finished measurements on the pattern, accompained with using stretch fabrics; I was at a lost. Not only had I not made anything quite like this before- I hadn't worn anything like this before. Y'all, that neckline is major,sheesh! I ended up cutting out an 18 and this was okay due to the stretch of the fabric, and I also thought the pattern runs a little large, especially the sleeves. Just something to look out for if you make this one up.
I tissue fitted the pattern, and realized that I needed to lengthen the pattern, which I knew that I would. I lengthened the pattern at the waistband 1 1/2 , the skirt 3 inches and the skirt ruffle 1 1/2 inch. I probably didn't have to add length to the ruffle, it was a slight mistake, but one that I was cool with in the end. I quite like the length, but for reference I am 5'8. I also lengthened the lining skirt pieces 1 1/2 inches. I wanted to keep the lining dress, a little on the shorter side, again, I need a little edge :)..
I knew I didn't want to lengthen the bodice, as it would cause the already severe neckline to come further down, umm. no,lol! Y'all, I tried bringing the shoulder seams up to combat the lower neckline,and it was better; however, when I went to sit down, it gaped open, so that was a no go,lol! I didn't want to take away from the design, but I needed it to be wearable, so I used leftover scalloped lace for the inset, which I sewed between the grosgrain ribbon on the bodice front.
|I used a 22 inch metal zipper for the back. I loved the edge that it gave this dress|
Although. I didn't finish the dress in time to wear on my birthday, I thankful that I tackled this pattern, and have an evening dress in my closet if I shall need one. While there were definitely some tough moments in making this dress, it was certainly worth the effort. Here's to rest of 2017 being relentlessly fearless!
~As Always, Be Blessed and Nothin' Less and Continue to Stay Fearlessly Fierce!~Candice