I have been in my current job for just over 10 months. In the first 2 months with my employer they hosted the Master Builders Excellence in Building Awards. It is an annual event and it is very much a formal occasion.
Last year I was very much the newbie and only heard of the event a month or so out so I raced out and bought a very pretty dress to wear. I love the dress but it wasn’t perfect. It was too long (not for the occasion, but definitely for my coordination) and I had put on weight at the time and the dress did a good job of accentuating that.
Anyway I am only a novice sewer, in fact I only took up sewing about 5 months ago. But I decided that with this year’s awards ceremony 3 months away I should have a crack at making my own dress. I have told myself if it is not going to plan a month from the date of the awards I will suck it up and go and buy a dress
I have narrowed down to two patterns I like so here is my plan of attack:
- Buy the patterns
- Buy a bunch of calico
- Make a toile of each dress (my first toiles!)
- Pick a dress
- Make one in the fabric of choice
The reason I am making a toile for two dresses is that with the dress I like most I am not 100% sure it will be flattering on my shape. There is potential for it to make me look pregnant and with my full boobies I am not used to high neck lines. The back up dress is of a safer shape and drape…I have worn dresses like it before.
This is the first choice dress, Vogue 1102:
and this is the back up choice, New Look 6776 (dress C as seen in the main picture):
I am hoping I can find a fabric similar to that on the model in the New Look pattern, but in red (if you click through the link you can get a close up look…it’s divine!). I am thinking red dress, cream heels, clutch to match heels.
I am really hoping that I can make the first dress work for me as I love, love, love the big bow on the back and think it would make for a very unique dress.
I’m off to Spotlight on Sunday for at least one of the patterns and maybe the calico. Any words of advice?