My Birthday Dress May 2023
I always make a new dress for my birthday, this Vogue pattern really appealed to me.
It looks complicated but honestly it's not. The fabric I used is from my own stash, I have been waiting to find the perfect pattern and they are perfect for each other.
The fabric is a fairly heavy embroidered Indian cotton with a lace edging along one side. It is navy Blue with sequins
"Broderie Anglaise" would be perfect
I positioned the pattern pieces so that the hem and sleeves would end in the lace part and I adjusted the length of the skirt before cutting out.
I only just had enough fabric so I was really happy that the fabric has a lace edging so I was able to utilise it in order to make ab interesting sleeves
The main body of the fabric is covered in sequins too.
For the lining I chose a lightweight cotton lining fabric.
The lining actually extends right down to the hem, but I decided that I would just line the bodice and the top part of the skirt, leaving to frill to be more fluid and free.
I felt that the weight of the skirt needed some support otherwise I may have considered removing the skirt part of the lining completely
If you want a mini dress you could actually stop here and hem the dress as it is.
There are many possibilities with this pattern. Another idea is to reduce the width of the upper skirt and lining , taking it in at the bottom to create a bell shape. Adding the frill to this will then produce a mermaid skirt. This can further be adapted by lengthening the back upper skirt This would make a stunning wedding gown especially if the upper fabric is a heavy lace fabric and the lining is satin.
The sleeves can also be adapted, mine are straight but you can make yours more bell shaped .
The pink lines give an idea of what I mean. I do like to reuse my patterns as much as possible and this one gives plenty of opportunity to put your own touches to the garment
I felt that the front is a bit low for me so I joined the front pieces for three inches. It is still very low.
You could put a piece of your fabric or a lace fabric behind the front instead to make it more modest.
I just made two carriers for the cording. I made them from lingerie elastic stitched to the inside of the dress.
I love the way in which the sequins catch the light, and I love the swishy skirt
An experienced beginner would easily be able to make this dress. The most important part is to get the fit right, there are separate pattern pieces for different bust sizes , so if you are not sure then please make a toile of the bodice in order to check the fit.
The dress is very suitable for wheelchair users , it is a joy to wear for any celebration or an afternoon picnic in the park.
Pattern is from Jaycotts and may be ordered via this link
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