I finished my dress!
The pattern that I used is V1265, a Pamella Roland suitdress pattern. I made it in a really cool black fabric with a purple pinstripe and iridescent purple silk dupioni for the lining. (In my last post, I discussed my inspiration for my dress, my fabric, and the alterations I made in greater detail.)
I really like the skirt of this dress. I love how the front panels hug the body as if it were a pencil skirt, even though there's a big puffy ruffle in the back! Bam!
Because the ruffle in the back is a little longer than the front, you can see the lining peeping through. Which I love because I used some AWESOME purple lining to match my purple-pinstripe fabric.
In fact, I hemmed the skirt specifically so that the purple lining would show a little. The pattern calls for the ruffle and its lining to be sewn together at the hem to finish it off. Instead, I wanted the two to hang separately so when I walked or turned you could catch a glimpse of the lining.
Hemming this dress took FOREVER. In total, there are almost 20 feet of hem. I pretty much spent my entire Sunday hemming this dress. First, I put in a false hem on the pinstripe fabric by cutting 2 1/2 inch-thick bias tape from my lining fabric and then stitching and understitching it on. I then sewed the false hem in place using a fancy stitch on my mom's sewing machine. (And good thing, too, because if I had to slipstitch it I would still be working on this dress when I was 80!)
I then turned in the lining twice and stitched it using a normal narrow hem. I slipstitched the front piece of the lining to the front of the dress, but let the ruffle hang separately.
I love the way this dress fits (which is good, because I spent quite a while fitting and ironing the heck out of it!). As I discussed in my last post, the pattern is cut pretty loosely, but I think it is much more flattering for this particular design to fit snugly.
You have to admit, it's pretty awesome to be able to walk into a college interview and be like, "Yeah, I made this." ;)
|Close-up of the front lapel. I'm not sure I'm crazy about wearing the matte black tank top underneath--I think it kind of blends into the dress too much. Maybe I'll make a shiny black inset. What do you think?|
|One magnificent ruffle.|
|Look at my lining!|
The inside of the dress is so pretty I just have to show it :)
|Action shot! And guess what, the ruffle actually swishes back and forth when I walk!|
If anyone has any questions about the dress or pattern, feel free to comment and I'll be happy to answer!