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Thursday, April 7, 2011

You Shall Go To The Ball

Well the great news is that yesterday I was invited to a black tie ball which is a good excuse to make a new fancy dress. The less great news is that it is in 2 weeks time which does not give me a lot of time, but is doable in theory.

I had a rummage through my ever growing pile of Vogue-patterns-in-waiting and found this one - V1108 by Bellville Sassoon that I planned to make last year. I'm thinking about making it full length, though that is a decision I can make down the road and I will buy enough fabric so that I can. I may cut it down later to make it more practical for future occasions.

I know the bow is not to everyone's taste but I think I'm going to go with it!



I made a muslin of the main dress pieces (this pattern has a separate foundation and lining too), a 12 at the neck and a 14 everywhere else, and apart from a bit of gaping at the back neck it's a good enough fit for me to dive into the real fabric. That I still need to buy. I hope I can find something tomorrow, I really want a heavy crepe back satin, but beggars can't be choosers so I will report back soon!



26 comments:

coffeeaddict said...

Gorgeous pattern! Definitely with the bow.
as for this off the shoulder neckline, I am a bit apprehensive about it. Will you be using some sort of stabilizer to prevent gaping? Do share.
Whenever I work with heavy satin all my necklines gape :-( I probably don't stabilize enough.

Jenny said...

Love it love it love it!! Definitely go with the bow and full length... and sewing this is definitely doable. I just sewed my first boned dress with separate foundation in a week (still not sure how I managed that). Can't wait to see your progress.

Lori said...

This dress is gorgeos. Good luck finding the perfect fabric.

Vicki said...

Definately yes! Love the bow too. Good luck with the fabric hunt.

lin3arossa said...

Looking very promising! But below hip length foundation means you're not supposed to sit in this dress, doesn't it?

JoanneM said...

I have this pattern.
I lOVE this pattern.
I don't know where I will ever wear this pattern to, but I had to have it.
I will live vicariously through you.
(Maybe a linen?)
Joanne

JoanneM said...

Wait, I was thinking out loud- a linen for a casual dress, but a duchesse or shantung for you?

Dilliander said...

So looking forward to seeing this made up. I have this pattern too, and really like the bow, especially for a ball gown.

toboldlysew said...

I really like this pattern - and I think the bow will look fabulous on a full length gown. What colour do you think you'll go for?

I can't wait to see it! And 2 weeks? - masses of time!

a little sewing said...

Yay for a black tie event! I just love the pattern, along with the bow - it adds drama.
Good luck on finding just the right fabric.

Jacqueline deRuyter said...

I've admired this pattern (though don't have the confidence to try it out myself!) so I can't wait to see your progress. (I love the bow!)

Amanda S. said...

I think this dress is so pretty and unique. I can't wait to see what it looks like!

Karin said...

Wow, you already have a muslin done! I love the bow. I am sure you will look gorgeous. Good luck finding the right fabric!

KID, MD said...

Love this look and you must do the bow. I think it'll be stunning at either length.

Erica B. said...

I absolutely HATE when sewers change the elements of a style that really made the pattern "unique". I know that's the reason to sew... to make it how you like. BUT, if you had removed the bow, I would have thought, wow! You could have just picked another "plain" pattern!

Good luck! I can't wait to see this one finished. This pattern has been in my stash since it's release.

Sara Noemi said...

bow and full length! it would look so chic. i'm really excited to see how this turns out. and i think two weeks is just enough time.

Jane said...

Love this pattern, the bow really does it. you will be the belle of the ball.

Opal said...

loved this pattern from the first time I saw it and I cant wait to see your finished version of it.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

Go for the bow! muslin is looking good, can't wait to see what color you choose.

Kim Hood said...

Love the dress and the muslin looks good.
On your marks, get set, GO!

Pin Queen said...

This is one of my "when I lose a stone" dresses - I am completely in love with its feminine line and I like the bow.
Your toil looks fab and I can't wait to see what fabric you decide upon.
I'll be waiting with baited breath!

Eugenia said...

This pattern is fabulous and, personally, I love the bow. It's going to be wondeful. How nice to have an invitation to a glamorous occasion!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I am sure your finished version is going to be amazing an uniquely you! Hope you find the fabric you want!

cyberdaze said...

Ok so the bow isn't very practical - but perfect for a black tie event. Good luck with the fabric hunt!

Gail said...

I'm looking for a ball gown pattern so will be looking out for your finished garment. Fortunately, my event is in November.

amber said...

Oh, I love the bow! I'm glad you're sticking with it.