16 Nov Metallic Party Dress
More fabric to die for……. I was sold upon reading Mood Fabrics’ narrative of this silk/viscose blend and placed it in my online cart.
‘The drape on this silk and viscose blend fabric is just so perfect, and then when you combine it with the glazed metallic sheen…well, you have a fabric that’s to die for. Lightweight and softly pliable. Perfect for tops, dresses, unconstructed jackets and more.’
Seriously, how could I resist?
The fabric didn’t disappoint ~ actually I want more!
Slippery, you think? Nope.
Flimsy, you suspect? Nope.
The backing on the fabric produces the perfect texture for machine sewing.
I’m devoted to sewing holiday attire for the next few weeks and couldn’t pass up the giant bow on Butterick 5850!
The silk/viscose worked beautifully with the pattern in every aspect. The gathered skirt is attached to a fitted back.
I typically shy away from gathered waistlines, but I wanted that bow! The sash cinches the waist, helping camouflage the bulk that gathers can produce, and I found the fitted back flattering.
Fitting issues plagued my sewing which I’ll review in detail on the Pattern Review website. In short they included the enormous armscye. I removed three inches from each arm which affected the dart……. The shoulders are not cut in as they appear on the pattern illustration.
The effect is created by the pleat at the back of the neck. The ties are designed as a single layer with the wrong side showing when bowed. I folded the fabric in half, sewed right sides together and turned to avoid the showing the wrong side. I also removed 10 inches from the length of each tie. Being left-handed I placed the zipper on left side rather than the right – one of the joys of sewing!
At any rate, I made the pattern work and am ready for the first holiday party or maybe the last on New Year’s Eve 😉
Except…….. I think this dress needs a fur.
Faux fur sewing tips, anyone?
Until soon 🙂