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Thursday, 9 November 2017

BurdaStyle Ballgown

I don't often go to very formal parties, but when I do I love to make something new.  I had no idea what I wanted so I just went fabric shopping and let that provide the inspiration.

The fabric I chose was a bold floral polyester brocade that I purchased in China.  While I was working on it I was amazed to see that Goodbye Valentino was working on a dress in the exact fabric.  So for once you can actually currently find this fabric at Mood!! - Brocade fabric from Mood.





This is a mix of 2 patterns, both of which are too old to still feature on the BurdaStyle website unfortunately.  I found the images on the Russian site for reference.

Bodice - 03/2008 - 119



Skirt - 07/2004 - 134 .  Previously made here and once again I left off the chiffon side godet pieces. Also, thank you earlier me for labelling that old blog post so I could find the pattern #.


I really procrastinated about whether to do the full skirt from the bodice pattern I had chosen, but in the end decided that it might be a bit too much going on with the floral fabric.  I think in a strapless style though, a full skirt would look amazing.

As usual I didn't leave myself a ton of time to make this so I haven't made many notes or taken many photos of the dress during construction, but let's see what I can remember.....

I interfaced the entire bodice, straightening out the waist seam and moved the darts on the skirt so that they would line up with the princess seams on the bodice.

With this type of dress I like to finish the whole of the outer dress, then make the lining and attach that by hand.  I didn't use the neckline facings, instead just reinforcing the neckline edge with some bias tape and then turning to the inside and hand stitching down.  To get a nice point on the centre of the front neckline, I used a small remnant of lining fabric, stitched the shape of the point, clipped, understitched and then turned and pressed to the inside.  I did the exact same thing on the lining fabric, without the bias tape and remembered to take a few photos which hopefully show better what I am talking about.

Lining remnant stitched right side together at v neckline & clipped at point



Understitched

View from right side after turning and pressing

View from wrong side

This is how the finished dress looked on the inside before the lining was sewn in.  If you make this I recommend cutting the sleeves with a bit extra seam allowance.  I am sure that they are intended to be self lined, but mine did not quite meet up in the middle leaving some exposed edges.  It didn't matter since I covered this with lining, but still it was a bit annoying!






Finally some more photos taken on the night of the party, these are all phone photos that I had to email to myself (thanks to broken cable connection and probably general tech incompetence) so they are a bit blurry, but hopefully you get the idea!  Overall I was really happy in my dress, maybe next time I go to a ball I will wear this again rather than make another one!



The night of the ball also happened to coincide with our 17th wedding anniversary!  We had a black tie wedding so my husband is wearing the exact outfit he wore back then, actually the bodice of mine was red with a similar neckline now I think about it, wonder if that was subconsciously in my mind all along!







19 comments:

KS_Sews said...

STUNNING!!! You look amazing!! Nice work on the dress.

Debbie Wilkes said...

Wow! Yes looks amazing on you. I love your choice of fabric as well.

Tina Hughes said...

Just spectacular! You look fantastic! Excellent dressmaking!

Chris T said...

I can only repeat what the others have said, a really beautiful gown.

Irene said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Doctor T Designs said...

So pretty! Perfect combinations of patterns and fabric. You guys looks so fancy!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

wow fantastic, what is better than a red dress and the shape of the neckline is so beautiful. Gorgeous and you both look great.

Ruth said...

Absolutely beautiful - both you and the dress.
Positively red carpet

Tracie said...

Wow! This dress is absolutely stunning, as are you in it!

beatriz said...

eres una maestra en la costura. felicidades

marcy harriell said...

nothing new to say here, just picking my jaw up off the floor with everyone else! beautiful!

Nancy K said...

Beautiful dress with your usual wonderful fit and finish. You look stunning it it. Hope you had a wonderful time!

Goodbye Valentino said...

What a gorgeous dress, Allison! Naturally, my curiosity was peaked when I noticed you were making a dress with the same fabric :) Many thanks for the neckline tip!

Marianne said...

Spectacular! The shape of the neckline is so beautiful. Happy anniversary!

Sara said...

Wow, spectacular!

Vicki said...

Congratulations on your anniversary. You both look very dapper. You did a great job with your dress. Beautiful and such a great fit.

Jane M said...

Happy, happy anniversary. You look a knockout in this gorgeous gown. That neckline is divine!

Jenny said...

Wow! Super gorgeous and happy anniversary!

Lisette M said...

Gorgeous dress! You both looked so elegant!