This is my first post on WeSewRetro:) I am excited and a little nervous. Well, here goes.
Every year, my family and I have a tradition of going to see the Nutcracker ballet in December. This year I actually got around to making my own dress to wear. When I set out to choose what to make I decided to make a dress I have always loved and would be perfect for a night of magic at the ballet. I am talking about the beautiful Givenchy for McCall’s 3625.
Not having the money to buy a pattern that starts at around $160 and can go all the way up to $300 I drafted the pattern myself. After several weeks and several muslins I had a pattern that I was happy with. I love the pink in the picture, but it’s not really a good color for me so I decided on a midnight blue silk. I had ordered samples from Mood of three different silks I was considering but being partly delirious from the flu I didn’t give myself enough time to receive the samples and then order fabric, and I had to come up with something quick. Joann’s is the only local fashion fabric store I have near by, so I went to see what they had. Luckily they always carry some rather beautiful cotton sateens, including one in the exact shade of midnight blue I wanted!
Putting the dress together wasn’t very difficult, it was the facing along the bodice that was a little tricky. I ended up sewing the facing on by machine part way, under stitching that and after turning and pressing I hand stitched the rest. I am rather happy with the results.
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