A pretty dress

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 inย 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 redย (if you click through the link you can get a close up look…it’sย 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?

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17 thoughts on “A pretty dress

  1. oo Danielle these are beautiful! And the red/cream colour scheme sounds wonderful! I prefer the New Look dress myself, but only because I am a sucker for a square neckline. I can’t wait to see how they turn out – and even if you think they don’t end up working for your party, you’ll have a couple amazing dresses for another occasion.

    • I agree! Even if I end up choosing the vogue for the event I will definitely make up to New Look as well eventually….they are both adorable! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am already so in love with my colour choices…hoping I can find fabrics to match my imaginings!

  2. I have made the vogue pattern before and I have to say that it was not so difficult to put together. I made mine out of a wool crepe which worked really well and drapped beautifully (the woman in the fabric shops suggestion!)

    I even loved this pattern so much that i’m making it again!

  3. I love the Vogue dress, but I’m afraid I would spend the whole evening trying to stand so the fab back would show- I’d end up doing some odd posing! The New Look is flattering and has details from all angles to appreciate and I think lends itself well to the color scheme…….but they are both gorgeous!!!

    • The back is what makes it isn’t it! I am thinking of making the bow straps with slightly wider bands to make it pop just a little more. So cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I don’t know about the Vogue, but I have made up the New Look dress before and it came out great! I made the V-neck rather than the square neck (it’s the pirate dress on my blog if you wanna see pics) but otherwise, same dress. The only thing I remember having to fiddle with is that the straps were a bit long and I had to pin and check the placement many times before sewing. That, and I had to take in a wider seam allowance at the upper back around the zipper (but all my dresses require that adjustment, I must have a small upper back measurement).

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  7. I love the black dress. I might consider not doing the bow since I also have significant “girls” and the sleeker look is better for me. I’m looking forward to seeing what you choose!

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