A good dress

29 Dec

When I was a kid I always had one good dress. It came out for birthday parties and special occasions. I got to choose the fabric myself for most of them as as I got older the pattern too: one was white with print of little pink bows and it had matching pink bow buttons; another was rose pink crinkly satin like fabric with the collar and sash trimmed with a bit of lace (I loved pink when I was little and bless my ma, despite hating it, she would make up the dress in my chosen fabric).

As an adult however I don’t seem to have any good dresses. For the last few years I’ve really concentrated on sewing things that were practical and got a lot of wear. And as I have generally worn all my dresses to work on a regular basis they don’t have that special feel. But that is all about to change.

I found this beautiful gold on black (surprisingly a very difficult color combination to photograph) – ‘Modern Backgrounds *Luster* by Briditte Heitland for moda’   at Ray Stitch a few weeks back. Initially I was restrained, how often would I get up in the morning and reach for a black and gold dress. But that night I got thinking, that was exactly what I wanted, something special, not an every day dress, a good dress. So I went back and got myself some, its 100% cotton and feels lovely. And I underlined it with a dark charcoal, anti-static lining so that it doesn’t get stuck on my tights. Though it was quite hard to photograph and truly show it’s razzle dazzle.

I decided that that fabric was perfect for another Laurel. It’s a great pattern to show off your fabric and I’ve made myself 4 already (version 12, 3 & 4). Each time I’ve experimented with merging sizes based on my measurements at the time. For this version I’ve gone with a straight up size 6 although I have dropped the darts by an inch.

I really took my time with this dress,  and I probably spent as long perfecting the attachment of the underlining as I did sewing the whole dress up. But as as result the dress came out fantastically. The invisible zip is truly invisible (no small feat for me). The darts are perfectly position. And the insides nice and tidy  – all done with French Seams, bar one sleeve which I forgot to first sew wrong sides together (oops).  And just in time with New Years eve just 2 days away and a night out at the ballet with my BFF! I’ve got me a good dress.

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