I have been working on some additional garments for the Haute Couture Club of Chicago’s annual fashion show.This year the theme is Through the Looking-Glass so I decided to create a few additional items to fit within the theme. My first choice was to make a dress out of some beautiful Chinese brocade with a rose print.
There will be segment about the Garden of Talking Flowers that I wanted to have a dress for. Since time was short I decided to use a commercial pattern. I chose a Vintage 1997 dress pattern.
Of course, it was way too small, so I used my handy digitizer to copy the pattern and then grade the pattern up to fit.
I used the reverse of the fabric for the bodice and to line the inside of the slit. I added a beaded trim under the bodice and enlarged the back bow slightly.
Otherwise, it was pretty straight-forward to sew up. I also created a fascinator to be worn in the show. I was pretty lazy about it and purchased a pre-made fascinator and added some additional roses and embellishment to make it work better with the dress.
I also wanted to make a red dress for the show for the segment on the Queen of Heart’s tarts. I have been interested in the silks for sale on eBay and wanted to get a feel for the fabric. I decided to purchase a couple of yards to try. All of the fabric I purchased was listed as a stretch silk. I am always looking for a good quality silk knit so I was really excited to try these. Unfortunately, none of the fabrics were actually knit fabrics. The word stretch only referred to the slight stretch across the bias. Though the fabric was nice, it was not the silk knit I was hoping for.
I used a current Vogue pattern for the red dress I made out of the silk I ordered. I did not really make any changes to this pattern except adding some beading to highlight the waistband. The fabric sewed up very nicely which was important since the entire garment was sewn with french seams. It was a quick dress that will be perfect for the show.