I decided to make a new dress that would work for both parties, one was a casual afternoon affair and one a more formal all day marquee extravaganza. This seemed like a good time to opt for the reliable LBD option, using the now out of print Vogue 8408.
I've had this pattern in my stash for ages and although the long sleeved version would have been more practical for the UK I also wanted to use a piece of black wool blend from my stash and only just managed to get the sleeveless version out of it. In the end it worked out well, we had glorious weather while I was there, a bit fresh, but with beautiful clear skies.
This pattern is one of the Very Easy Vogue patterns and although it is easy to sew I think the collar could be drafted better, perhaps with more of a curve and an undercollar / facing sort of thing. Of course then it wouldn't be "very easy" which is often the problem with these patterns. As it is the neckline is quite bulky and sits a bit weirdly - I was not feeling the love for this dress until I hunted around a few reviews and found Trena's where she added a brooch at the collar intersection, albeit for different reasons. Eureka! I hopped off to H&M and bought two black fabric flower pins that could be worn either as a hairclip or a brooch and the dress was transformed!
For the more casual party I left off the extra hair decoration but wore it for the second party, my hair looked somewhat neater at the beginning of the party but of course I don't have any photos from then!
In addition I collected my giveaway book from Pin Queen and was really surprised to find she had also included 2 patterns (which miraculously I don't already own) and a cute packet of needles. So lovely - thank you!