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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Celebration Dress

This dress almost didn't happen.  I originally made another dress as part of the Sew Weekly Celebration challenge, but I hated it. I guess you have to accept that if you're making your clothes, every once in a while you're going to have a flop.  I may revisit it at a later date but for now, it's hanging at the back of the closet.

Anyways, I thought I could move on, but the challenge was looming over my head.  It was the last one of 2011. I could totally do this.  I spent the beginning of the week cleaning out my sewing room, and revisiting my stashed fabric and patterns.  I found three yards of a green silk shantung that I bought over a year ago and matched it up with Butterick 6582.  It seemed like the perfect party dress.

I made the dress up in a day.  I broke my 'no buying for the rest of 2011' just to get a zipper, but aside from that, I already had the fabric and the pattern.

I used Colette's sewing handbook instructions on putting in the invisible zipper, and I have to say that I love how it turned out.  Every time I look through that book, I find more useful information.  I'm looking forward to making up one of the book patterns soon, but until then, I think I may make Peony or Jasmine blouse next.

Fabric: 3 yards of green silk shatung bought at a discount fabric warehouse
Pattern: Butterick 6582; vintage reprint
Notions: Invisible zipper

Anyways, back to Butterick 6582.  I went with version A, but had enough fabric left that I can make the shoulder bows later.  Instead, I ended up finding a brooch from my collection that matched the green perfectly.  Voila! A party dress in time for the New Year!  We usually stay pretty low key for New Year, but we are going to the theatre and this dress will be perfect for a night on the town.

My cat surveying the land, in the background.



  1. It's a very pretty party dress.

  2. This dress looks so beautiful on you and the color is so pretty! Great job

  3. Absolutely Lovely!!!

  4. I love this dress. The green color looks great on you.. Happy sewing for 2012!!!

  5. This is the one I've liked the most!

  6. Lovely dress, and I just about died laughing when you pointed out your cat in the background of that last picture!

  7. Thanks everyone! It was fun getting all dolled up to go out, and I had one lady tap me on the shoulder at the theatre to tell me how much she loved my dress. It's always fun when someone mistakes your own sewing for something store-bought :)

  8. YAY! It's absolutely lovely and what a great way to end the year--with a fabulous celebration dress. The colour is absolutely stunning!! I'm looking forward to sharing many more sewing adventures in 2012 (and maybe another Gatsby at some point in the future???) :)

  9. I love how majestic your cat is.

    And the dress. It's great, too.

  10. I've been thinking of making this dress for myself but wanted to see it on someone, other than the sketch on the pattern front. It looks great, thanks for posting this.


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