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I think that this dress is the one...

For some time now I have been pondering what to wear to my 20 year school reunion.  Does it matter?  I'm not sure, so I have been seeking counsel.  One of my closest friends says that it is important to "look hot".  I can see her point, but I don't really do "hot".  Another friend said to be modest.  Now where is the fun in making a modest dress?  Another friend said she just wanted to be skinnier than all the girls who teased her at school.  Personally, I can take or leave skinny.

Now, acknowledging that most people are too busy thinking about themselves to notice or remember what anybody else wears, I realise that this dress is really just for me.  To be the person I wanted to be after 20 years, stylewise at least.  I think that this is it. Gorgeous fabric.  Beautiful colours.  Simple, chic style that doesn't need fussing with.  And this morning I bought a pair of shoes to match (just a shame they aren't a smidge more comfy!)






Pattern: Vogue 8529.  When I bought this pattern, I was looking for styles that I could use as a starting point for some Marni garments that I had been drooling over (Oh I wish Vogue would do a collaboration with Marni).  I did not realise that this was a knock-off of a Michelle Obama dress until I read the reviews on PR.  Mine looks nothing like Mrs Obama's dress, largely because of my fabric choice.

The front of the dress has sleeves cut in one with a a yoke.  The yoke has a cowl neckline.  The pattern has princess seams below the yoke.  I eliminated the princess seams, added some extra width and put in a centre front pleat.  I find that pleats or gathers in the bust allow the extra width I need at the hips without distorting the side seams.

The back has raglan sleeves and princess seams.  I kept the princess seams at the back,.  I would have liked to have added more width across the back hips but I was short of fabric.  Consequently, my side seams swing to the back a little, but only a sewer would notice.

The fabric:  a silk jersey with a lot of drape.  More drape than I have sewn with before.  I had already shortened the pattern my 10 cm, but I had to cut a chunk more off because the weight of the fabric pulled it much lower.  This has dragged the front yoke lower, especially at the centre front where the pleat is.  The pattern actually has a straight yoke, but mine appears curved.  I don't mind this effect.  The dragging down at the back has led to not such a great fit, but I did not think I could do much about this.  If I had more experience with this fabric, I guess I could have modified the pattern in advance. 

To sew the fabric, I had it sitting in a puddle just to the left of my machine, just feeding a short length through at a time, to stop the fabric dragging down at the front of the machine. 

I did have a hard time picking a thread colour to match.  In the end, I used black on some seams, white on others, and on the hem I used 4 different threads (black, off-white, olive and fuschia).  At one point I thought about shortening the dress by another inch, but realised that I did not have the patience to change thread colours 4X again.


14 comments:

  1. you look fantastic! Love the shoes too.

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  2. Oh my that's a great look and perfect for the occasion. I'm drooling over the fabric and the shoes too. On school reunions, I was amazed when I went to my 20year reunion that I was the only one still working and one of the few who had been to university. I cant remember what anybody wore, just the faces. So my suggestion is wear good makeup and have your hair effortlessly styled!

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  3. This dress is where modest meets hot! Fabulous! Those shoes are perfect. I agree with Gail, get the makeup and hair right and you'll have be Prom Queen 2010!

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  4. What a gorgeous dress. Have fun at the reunion.

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  5. Gorgeous dress, just right for a reunion. You'll look stylish and self-assured.

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  6. You look terrific in this dress - and the shoes. I am in awe of your patience in changing thread colours. I would definitely be too lazy to do this.

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  7. That's a very pretty dress, and one that can dance all night! Have a great time and know you look fabulous!

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  8. You look marvelous in this dress and I think the length is just right. Have a good time at the reunion.

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  9. Well a 20 year reunion is worth getting glammed up for, after all you want people to know that you have been spending the last 20 years living stylishly. That's worth a little shoe sufferin' surely.
    Great dress, lovely colours, you go brag (oh this thing, just something I whipped up)

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  10. Beautiful dress, effortlessly chic and in a gorgeous fabric. It also shows off your great legs. Have fun

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  11. I think you will knock 'em dead in this outfit! The fabric looks amazing, I bet it feels just as great on.

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  12. Perfect dress for a school reunion, you look chic and modern.

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  13. Great dress, love the pattern that you chose here.

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  14. Love the fabric and the dress looks amazing!! Great that you've modified and achieved a new pattern.

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