Hello hello! Can you believe it? I have another FO to show you! This is a dress that´s been finished a while, but I haven´t had the chance to take any decent photos of it until now. This dress goes under the name The Dissertation Party Dress. Back in May, my darling defended his PhD- thesis, and it is tradition for the new doctor to hold a black tie party for his closest co-workers, friends, family and so. I, of course knew I had to make a dress for the occasion but I didn´t want it to be too dressy, as my man isn´t a black tie- event kind of a guy. So, I went for a cocktail length, dress, rather then a floor length one.
The choice fell upon Simplicity 1995, a vintage pattern, because I a)had the perfect fabric for it in my stash, and b) really wanted to try out that dramatic collar look.
I used the bodice for dress number 2, but the skirt of number 1.
I am kind of in love with this dress. It has a classic wiggle dress shape, but because of the pleats in the front skirt, and the split in the back there´s room both for excessive eating and dancing (believe me, I have tried, and it´s perfect for doing the twist;-)). Here´s a shot from back in May, at the party I wore the dress with teal heels, and I made a matching belt, but the belt seem to have disappeared during the Move. Hopefully it´ll turn up again!
Brown is a color I used to wear a lot all the way back in high school, and I should add more brown garments to my wardrobe, as it really do work as a great stand in for black. Brown works really well together with some of my favorite colors this season, like warm yellow, teal and rusty reds.
When I made it, and tried the bodice on for the first time, I was a little bit afraid that it would be too small, but once the zipper was installed, I found that it fitted just right. One interesting detail that give the skirt some body, is that the whole pleat section is interfaced with a rather sturdy interfacing, like the one I use for coats. Here´s a pic of how it looks on the inside:
A very clever way of giving more body to the pleats, especially in such a thin cotton that I have used for this dress. The fabric, by the way, was bought in Paris last December in one of those fantastic Coupons- shops. Oh, Paris. When may I return?
All in all, a fun dress both to sew and wear, and I´ve already got an “order” from a friend of mine that she wants one too!
“I can´t believe I´m finally taking pictures of this dress! “