Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A green LBD

Duchess satin is quite a firm fabric and I love pairing this with lace. Hard vs soft. White Tree Fabrics has some very 'different' laces in stock this year so I picked a great black lace.
Can you see the lace pattern?
I really love the selvege!
I bet you can see it now:))

I was trying to create a Karen Millen style dress.

I've been adjusting McCalls 6460 View C to give me the bodice shape I wanted.
The sweetheart yoke wasn't quite what I wanted. So I made a slight change.
This dress doesn't have lining and using duchess satin, I didn't add lining. It's a really firm fabric and doesn't feel heavy, just firm.
This is version #3 in progress.
I raised the bodice up at the centre front so it created a gentle upward curve. Simple.
I initially stressed out about how to position the selvage on this dress so I simply laid it across the bust points. Strategic! 

PS: I used the c-cup bodice.
Above is the back dress pattern showing the shaping I added for my sway back and
petite-ness. The two folds at centre back waist took out some of the fabric pooling and I added this back to the length for the centre hem.
I used the zipper on the dress bodice only and not the yoke. A simple hook and eye worked at the back neckline.
It was a bit tricky using cotton bias tape on the neckline and armholes with pins, so I resorted to using clover wonder clips.
Voila. This little green LBD cocktail dress is ready for a Christmas party somewhere soon. 

Now for a mani/pedi/hairdo.

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