Long, long ago back in... July, this beautiful brocade caught my eye. The rich jewel tones sparkled against my brown complexion. I saw a holiday dress. Perfection. I bet you're thinking, holiday dress in July? Yep. I wanted it to be ready before the first big holiday event rolled around.
Typically, I make myself a birthday dress, which is usually white or off-white because my birthday falls on the week of our annual Women's conference. This year I wanted to change it up a bit. No white dress for me. I finished it a few days after my big day.
I like this brocade's bold print. It turned out so well that I think I'll continue with the boldness for future birthday dresses. Mood has a huge section of brocade fabrics. There is something available for every complexion and style.
I used Palmer/Pletsch McCall 6464. It was the first time I used this particular pattern. The empire waist and the center front panel are what drew me to this one. I made several changes for fit and style/construction.
I first mentioned this project in a September post for Notes on a Pattern. My biggest hurdle was the FBA. The first step in the FBA process is altering the tissue pattern to include a bust dart. When I sew the bust and waist darts, it created a "cone boob" effect. That's not a good look for me. So I divided the "big" waist dart into two darts. This made the bust area smooth. Sorry I don't have a illustrations. I made this change as I sewed. For the back I made a broad back and sway back adjustments. I think I achieved a good fit; it would have better even better if I added about an inch to the length of the bodice.
- Trim along the bodice and front seams of the dress. Shown in above pictures.
- Hong Kong finished seams on the skirt of the dress.
- Silk organza to shape the sleeve cap.
- Hand picked zipper with beads (You can hardly see the beads because of the fabric print.).
I can't say that I will sew it again. I have so many patterns. But it is incredible.
So, this is my first holiday dress of the season. I may make two more. We will see.