One of my trips was to Devon in the UK for a family wedding and I really wanted to make something new to wear. I found some gorgeous silk crepe and planned to make the Matthew Williamson designer dress from Burda Style 09/2012 - 134 that has been on my list for ages and even (gasp!) made a muslin which turned out to be a good move as I realised I would prefer it with a lower v neckline. I started to look at other patterns to modify it and realised I had already made a very similar dress - Burda Style 07/2011 - 110 so I dug that out instead.
Plan A and Plan B respectively
You can see the previous version here, this time around I left off the pockets and tried to give the fabric the treatment it deserved by underlining it with silk organza and lining in silk. The end result feels incredibly luxurious to wear, but I won't lie it took an age to do - and the dress still wrinkled after sitting although it fared pretty well being pulled straight out of a suitcase the night before. I also switched the zip to the centre back to make it easier to fine tune the fit not to mention getting the dress on and off without messing up hair and makeup!
I wore it at the wedding with nude suede shoes and some gold jewellery. The wedding was on Easter Saturday and luckily it was sunny, I did have to borrow my husbands jacket for champagne and canapés which were served outside while millions of official photographs were taken, but otherwise the dress did its job well.
Not that I had options where I bought the fabric, but my colour choice wasn't the smartest. I have another wedding to attend here in Hong Kong this month and while I don't think it will be a traditional chinese wedding, I still feel it's a bit of a no no to wear red - rather like a guest wearing white to a western wedding. So I will have a rummage through my wardrobe and decide if I want to make something new or not. This may mean I have to go fabric shopping again, how terrible!!!
This version is even more beautiful than the last one. I am sure the underlining (and ages in construction)add to the loveliness of the dress.ReplyDelete
How terrible that you have to fabric shop for your next dressy occasion, I think you need to build up your stash a bit ;)
I don't know which version is better, but this have beautiful color :)ReplyDelete
That dress is a real stand-out, even when photographed in such a glorious location.ReplyDelete
Stunning dress. Beautiful color. I really feel for you though. It must be devastating to need new fabric. I do hope you'll manage to cope with that. ;)ReplyDelete
Looking forward to your next dress!
Greetings from Germany,
Ooooh. So pretty!ReplyDelete
gorgeous color on you and what a globetrotter! great location shots. thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
Pretty! And, well, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world to have this dress in multiple colors... ;-)ReplyDelete
This is gorgeous in red! You look beautiful!ReplyDelete
I´ve missed you! Your new dress is really pretty and the colour is perfect for it. Another great adition to your already full-of-beauties wardrobe!ReplyDelete
Well Allison I know you felt special in that lovely dress. Looked like a very nice wedding, I can taste the canapes all the way here.ReplyDelete
This is lovely and I know your next version will be just a gorgeous.ReplyDelete
So glad you're back. I was getting worried about you and even considered a private get well message! So glad to see it's not needed.ReplyDelete
Great color on you, and good dress.
The photos look like they are straight out of Midsomer Murders :) Love a gorgeous English scene. And your dress looks lovely.ReplyDelete
OOps, I mean YOU look lovely. And the dress looks great on you.ReplyDelete
Allison, I am wondering about a fabric I saw on your blog last May. It was navy and had garden birds. Can you tell me if you have any fabric left over or know where I could find it? I want to make something with it. Thanks!ReplyDelete
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Gorgeous Alison, the colour and style are great on you. Looks like it was perfect for the occasion, a stunning outfit.ReplyDelete
Looks like you had a great time in that lovely and luxuriant dress. Off to Sham Shui Po...ReplyDelete
This pattern belongs in the Burda Hall of Fame. Love it in red.ReplyDelete
Just WOW, stunning!ReplyDelete
I agree, I love Midsomer Murders, this looks just, *ooh* hope everyone survives the weekend without DCI Barnaby being called in.
How nice to see another version of this dress. I love the color, very bright and cheeryReplyDelete
I love your red version!ReplyDelete
There's always room for lots of red dresses, in my view! Love your version of this one.ReplyDelete
Oh, though this one is lovely, I hoped to see a version of the designer dress, it has been on my queue for a long time. I love that you like burda patterns as much as I do!ReplyDelete