I have to sing for a dinner/dance next weekend and was toldby my band mate that the function is formal and I have to wear all black. For this, a new dress was in order as mydresses tend to be on the more colorful side. I first went to Fabric Warehouse a couple of weeks ago. They were having a 50% off sale on fabric andI stocked up on a few nicer pieces of black fabric with this dress in mind asinspiration that I saw on Sown Brooklyn’s blog.
I then changed my mind last week and decided to go the easyway out and just sew a dress straight from a pattern and decided on Gertie’spattern that came out through Butterick, B5814. I even cut the pattern pieces apart.
Last weekend I was doing some online surfing and cameacross this picture of Olivia Thirlby wearing this dress in the August 2012issue of Vanity Fair and fell in love. I don't have a picture of the whole dress, but I figure if I can at least get the top of this dress as close as possible and pull it off, it will be a winner.
I did not have any black lace in stash with ascalloped edge so I went to Joann Fabrics on a whim hoping that they would havewhat I was looking for. To my delightthey had lace on sale in every color I needed with a scalloped edge except forblack. I pulled the white lace off ofthe shelf proceeded to the cutting counter and had the woman cut 4 yards of thepolyester lace. I then proceeded to thedying section and picked up iDye for polyester fabric.
An hour later and a little bit of stirring, this is what I got.
I went to my stash of Burdas and looked through them to seeif there was anything I could use to help me re-create this dress. I decided to work with the bodice of BWOF 7-2011 #140.
I plan onincorporating my TNT McCall skirtpattern 3830 with the top portion of this dress.
I should hopefully be able tomatch the darts up from the skirt with the princess seams of the bodice. That's all I have for now, but I can tell you I got quite a bit done this weekend. Two muslins and some pattern altering, I have the bodice pretty much done and it looks fantastic I have to cut the skirt pieces out and attach everything. I'm trying to make sure I document with pictures my progress as I'm going along. I'll check in during the week with another post so you can see the progress. Mr. D saw me checking the fit of my bodice and likes it a lot. I hope you do too.