Wednesday, 6 December 2017

The Something Old, Something New Dress

Over the weekend a beautiful friend of mine married her wonderful man, and of course I had decided I needed a new dress to wear to the wedding! I had earmarked this pattern when I received the June issue of Burda, and this seemed like the perfect time to pull it out, for an elegant and fun wedding ensemble. 

The details:
Fabric: Purple silk crepe de chine from 123Silk on Etsy
Pattern: The One Shoulder Dress  (#110) from the June 2017 issue of Burda 
Size: 38
Special touches and alterations: Ended up taking side seams out 0.5cm at hips. Omitted zipper. Added elastic to back neckline, not only front.
I ordered this beautiful silk crepe online from 123Silk on Etsy. Unfortunately at first I was sent the wrong colour! But the seller was very kind and sent me the correct colour free of charge. I had checked the reviews on the sellers page and noted at least one was alleging that the fabric they received was polyester, but I did a burn test on mine and it's definitely a natural fibre, and most likely is silk. Being a crepe, it wasn't too slippery or difficult to cut out or work with. My only complaint is that it really shows when the fabric is wet, so might be one to avoid if you intend to get sweaty ;)
My measurements put me in a 38 at the bust, 40 at the waist and 42 at the hips, but given it didn't look very fitted I thought I'd get away with just cutting a straight size 38. I was wrong and should have checked the finished garment measurements!! The dress just barely fit over my hips and looked ridiculous when first sewn up. I managed to take it out by 0.5cm on each side seam (which I had already overlocked by then!) which made the dress wearable, but I really wish I had cut a bigger size in the skirt. Live and learn!
I did manage to eliminate the zipper, as the wide elasticated neckline was big enough for me to get in the dress without one. It was so big at first that I panicked and may have sewn the required elastic in a little too tight. I didn't even realise there was elastic in the neckline until reading the instructions, but there you go. I ended up adding it to both the front and back of the neckline, as I was worried it would be too gapey, but the instructions have you add it to the front only.
After all my work I was... a bit meh about it. It felt a bit 70's? Like a 70's witchy character from a TV show? Also the fit wasn't flattering....I played around with a few things and decided a belt really helped the situation, even though it raised the short end of the skirt to an almost scandalous height :O
It did end up being really nice to wear and I got a few nice compliments :) We danced the night away and I even caught the bouquet!! Woohoo! I wish I had taken some full body shots on the night, but all I have are a few selfies :P And the memories of a magical night! Congratulations Steph and Sinth!!

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