However, my 19- and 21-year old daughters have been keeping me VERY busy this year. They can't seem to see beyond many of the pattern styles and instead opt for looking at Internet pics and saying, "Mom! Make me this, will you?" Who am I to shy away from a challenge! I've made some nice knockoffs this past spring which I have yet to review, but I present you today with a design that I sketched up and made into a dress specifically for my oldest daughter. Here's the kicker: the day after I finished, I saw a similar dress pop up on the Bebe website. Ha! I like to think I beat 'em to it :) . For once I was not only on time, my creation was early. At least it felt like it was.
Here is the dress:
The midriff band was self-drafted to fit using stretch lace in the front and a solid knit band in the back. Originally I planned on installing a zip, but the knit that I used (think it was a stretchy rayon one), had enough stretch along with beautiful drape. So I skipped the zip and molded the CB seam to fit.
The skirt was basically two rectangles joined at the side seams, gathered at the top and attached to the midriff band. Easy peasy.
I've been seeing a lot of color pops with shoes lately too. So I paired my red heels with the black dress. My handbag is handmade from leather which was purchased in NYC at Leather, Suede Skins. It's a beautiful red, alligator patterned leather, with my handmade beaded handle, and handmade fabric flowers. The pattern for the bag came from Emma Brennan's book, "Making Vintage Bags." It's a terrific book with lots of interesting bag styles, and I highly recommend it.
I leave you with a pick of the back. Really, it would have been my preference to keep this dress. It's a great LBD for a special occasion that is figure flattering with enough stretch for a glass of wine and a good meal :) . Even one of my plus-sized friends remarked she loved the style and thought it would be flattering for plus-sized women as well.
Overall? A successful project that went to a good home. I hope my daughter enjoys the dress and finds it to be a useful garment in her wardrobe.
Till next time, Happy Sewing! :)