It made with McCall's 7047 a "Create It" patten with mix and match options. It allows you to create lined, pullover dresses with or without peplum have close-fitting bodice, back neckline, skirt and sleeve variations, and elasticized waist. Peplum and long skirts: narrow hem. Long skirt with train, wrong side shows on hemline.
I was asked to make this dress for a friend who will be celebrating her 60th birthday this month. She wants to enter the next decade with pizazz and va-va-voom! I was so excited to work with her. She knew what she wanted! She chose, bodice 3, with no sleeves, and skirt 9 made in sparkly "Ga-Ga Red Sequin". This Poly/Spandex blend has a 2-way stretch and a whole lot of shine.
In a rare moment of rule following, I made a muslin shortly after she commissioned the dress. I tested the fit and tweaked it as needed and waited until now to make the real one. She wanted to tighten up her already fab bod and successfully dropped a dress size. I began working on it and it can together relatively fast. Well, let me restate that. I had uninterrupted time to work on it while the darlings are in summer camp.
Have you worked with speciality fabrics like all over sequin? There are a few tricks to make things go smoothly.
- Use a new rotary blade at the start of the project for clean cuts.
- Use a new ball point needle for sewing knits.
- Use pattern weights not pins where possible.
- Tailors chalk, not disappearing markers show up well and dissolve easily with a touch of heat.
- Always press with a press cloth on the lowest setting.
- When sewing, keep the sequins side facing up with the smooth side, or lining fabric on the feed dogs.
- Stitch/edge finished the seams using a seger and use a 3.5mm stitch length when sewing on the machine.
- Expect a lot of sparkly debris in your work area.
Here is the finished dress on my custom dress form. I have pinned the dress to it so you can have an idea of the drape. I cannot wait to see my friend in it as she sizzles and pops in all the right places to make this dress sing.
|Back of the dress with wide draped cowl.|
|Drama in that drape!|
|I love the puddle train (still to be hemmed).|
|One shoulder drape variation|
I am anxious to see her in this dress! I will post pictures of her in it at the party. The dress code for the party is white attire for the guests. I am still deciding on the outfits for myself, my daughter, son and hubby. The party is in two weeks, so I need to get on it. I am happily taking suggestions on a dress for me. If you have good ideas, please share!
Update! Here is the lovely birthday girl in her show stopper! She wore white for the first half of the night. When she stepped back into the room there was an audible gasp! She was stunning! My camera did not do it justice, but she glowed! I had goose bumps and teary eyes most of the night! I am so glad to have had the privilege to make this for her.