4 December 2010
I wish I had remembered to take a photo of us going out to the party I made this dress for, but amongst feeding and bathing and settling two children I just forgot. It's like leaving for the door in the middle of a tornado. This new dress may slightly (ha!) resemble one I took a shine to a month or so ago (and I don't think I need to tell you which is which), and though I rarely wear black (it makes me feel flat) I thought this style really called for it. The only thing I didn't flog from it was the front split at the hem, which I do actually really like. The dress is by Giambattista Valli and it was a fun exercise. I draped the initial dress, and then played around with the flounce collar. If I did it again (in a jewel colour perhaps) I would choose a stiffer fabric for the flounce collar but other than that I was pretty happy. I've made lots of shirts and casual things but not a more formal dress to wear to an actual event.
On the topic of 'finishing', oh what I would do to be a fly on the wall in a French couturier’s workshop. I loved seeing the seamstresses working in the movie Valentino. Mind you, You Tube is very good for learning new sewing tricks. I don't (and likely never will) twitter or facebook, but I would be a little heartbroken if YouTube ever departed.
As well as sewing this dress, I've almost finished a flowergirl dress for Lucy to wear at my cousin's wedding. It's looking a little meringue-ish and although lots of *poof!* is right up Lucy's alley I'm not so sure the classic-simple bride will agree!
And....! A new dress in a liberty print. She didn't need another dress for another party, but she said she did.