Hello Dear Friends,
Last night I attended the PTA ball at my daughter’s school. The dress code was black tie and I wanted to make something special to wear for the occassion. What do you think?
All the materials were purchased from eBay. There was absolutely no chance of me finding anything appropriate/ suitable fabric wise anywhere local to me so I ordered everything online.
I started with the guipure lace first, which I ordered 1 metre of, sight unseen. I was fairly confident with this seller and the photographs etc that I wasn’t going to be disappointed, and I wasn’t. This lace is stunning, and is also almost identical to the lace used in this Eliza J dress currently on sale for £150. Just saying. It is a gorgeous coral/ watermelon colour. Beautiful.
I then ordered samples of the lining fabrics and the crinkled georgette chiffon and made sure I was happy with them before ordering. The linings and the chiffon georgette are polyester. I can live with that.
The bodice is lined with a polyester lining and the skirt is lined with a soft polyester mix jersey fabric. The dress is fully lined (bar the sleeves which I cut to take advantage of the scalloped edges) and an invisible zip inserted. All the seams of the chiffon skirt were french seamed. I used my serger to finish edges inside where necessary. I underlined the bodice and midriff section (with silk organza) – you can read about that in the review below, and I made a rolled hem for the chiffon on my serger. I left the jersey lining unhemmed.
I have to tell you about the belt, which I felt was the perfect finishing touch to the dress, and just gave the outfit that little bit more pizazz. The belt is the Paloma Silver Crystal Rhinestone Belt made by a lovely lady called Rachel who was amazing, and after I sent her samples of my fabrics, colour matched the grosgrain ribbon for the belt. I have lightly tacked the diamante part to the midriff of the dress so that I can remove it for cleaning purposes. You can see all of Rachel’s items in her eBay shop here: lots of lovely sparkly things! If you are considering making a special occasion dress or adding something to a RTW dress I highly recommend checking her shop out and she also does custom orders for bespoke designs. I do have to say that Rachel was kind enough to offer the belt to me on a complimentary basis in exchange for me providing a review of the item on my blog.
Lined dress has close-fitting, interfaced bodice with princess seams, inset band, skirt variations (horse hair finish on hemline) and back zipper. A: cap sleeves. A, B and C: skirt seam detail. D: collar. D, E and F: gathered skirt with princess seams, and side pockets. F: band and skirt overlays. Separate pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A, B, C, D.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
The dress I made is an amalgamation of Vogue 8998 for the bodice and McCalls 6987 for the skirt. I have made, and reviewed, Vogue 8998 previously.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn’t really use them, but from before, yes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I have already written why I love this pattern: this second version makes me love it more. For me the bodice and midriff pattern is just great. Nothing to dislike.
A gorgeous coral coloured guipure lace for the bodice and a polyester crinkled chiffon georgette for the skirt. I used a polyester lining for the bodice and a polyester mix jersey for the skirt lining. The bodice and midriff sections were underlined with silk organza.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The dress I made is an amalgamation of Vogue 8998 for the bodice and McCalls 6987 for the skirt.
- I pinched out 0.25 inches either side of the front neckline (removing a total of 0.5 inches) to stop the straps from sliding off my shoulders.
- I shortened the back bodice by 1 inch, tapering to nothing at the sides
- I raised the front armhole curve by approx. 0.5 inch
- I did not line the sleeves but cut them to take advantage of the scalloped edges
- I used an invisible zip. Both layers of the skirt hang free below the zip
- The bodice is underlined with a layer of the chiffon georgette and a layer of silk organza
- The midriff is underlined with a layer of lining and a layer of silk organza
- I added a centre back seam to the skirt piece
- I added 5 inches to the length of the outer skirt and about 3 inches (?) to the length of the lining
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t know if I would sew this exact same look again but I would not discount using the bodice again. Yes I recommend.
I felt suitably attired for the ball and it was a great night of enjoying time with friends and dancing. My head felt a bit sore this morning but it was worth it. Have a great week ahead everyone!