Welcome to my Blog where I aim to chronicle and share my experiences in Sewing. My Wonderful Mum taught me how to sew many moons ago, but I hadn't sewn for many years until 2012 when my now husband and I decided to get married in Lapland.The only way I could create "The Winter Queen" image I had, was to make it myself. It re-kindled my love of sewing and have been sewing ever since. And yes, that is me in my profile photo…
Sunday, 13 December 2015
Dressed for Dinner ~ Vogue 1475
Hooray! It's Christmas time! And time to break out the Christmas party dresses. This dress I didn't make for a party but for one of our holiday formal evenings last month.
Love them or hate them, the best thing about formal evenings is being able to make a dress that you would have absolutely no other reason to wear. No posh shindigs in my life anyway!
Of course packing for such an event can be quite traumatic. I mean, who wants to see their hard work folded up into a suitcase and pulled out the other end like it was a tossed out piece of rag?! So I always try to go for gowns in glamorous jerseys because not only do I love wearing knits, they are perfect for holiday packing. They come out of the case as good as crease free.
So when I saw Vogue 1475 I didn't need to look at or ponder this pattern twice. Oh no. This had my name written all over it. The line drawings show the true beauty of this pattern.
I couldn't have designed this for myself any better. And this pattern appeared just as I began my search. It was meant to be. I like being covered up so the long sleeves and skirt are ideal for me but
I also have such a love of asymmetrical gathered bodices and this is probably my current favourite
Even the fabric kind of fell into my lap. I wanted a lightweight stretch velvet and on my search Minerva Crafts turned out this one.
Its a Persia Floral burn out stretch velvet (available HERE) and I Loved it straight away. Loved it all the more when the swatch arrived. This is the perfect fabric for this dress. Not cheap, but boy it is worth every penny! (Besides, how much would this dress cost RTW?) And the icing on the cake is that it was even beautiful to work with. I was expecting it to be a sewing nightmare. Not the case at all. In fact, I love this fabric so much, I have since bought the same one in red!
As it's a Vogue pattern, it's made how it should be. Proper quality finish. I omitted the zip when making this because it just didn't need it. Other than that, I made no other alterations. Although if I were to make this again I would omit the train also. Not much point just having it dragging behind you! Not that I will ever make this again as I have no further need for another dress like this, but imagine this sleeveless. Awesome!
We are off on our travels again next year, and this dress is definitely coming with once again