I made this dress for a work trip to Monaco which included a Gala dinner event. I wanted to create a dress which was comfortable as we’d be sitting down to eat dinner, and cool, but most of all really stunning!
I chose “view A” which I thought had a hint of Grecian styling to it.
I used purple crepe which was beautiful to work with and held it’s shape really well with very few creases after being transported in hand luggage. The dress had a fairly gathered skirt and the weight of the crepe helped the gathers hang and drape rather than bulge.
I used gold satin for the waistband and yoke which extends to the front of the shoulders of the dress. I wasn’t sure if I might end up looking a bit like a bar of dairy milk, but I love the finished result!
I embroidered the waistband on our Brother Innovis V5 sewing and embroidery machine. I used 2 shades of purple thread and a design from Urban Threads. They have really great designs for modern embroideries.
I hemmed the bottom by first stitching around the hem 0.7cm from the raw edge then turning the hem up once, then I trimmed the raw edge to a few millimetres then turned the hem again to create a beautiful neat finish which I am really happy with.
Instead of using the facings provided in the pattern, I decided to fully line the bodice in self fabric instead of using the facing provided, this created a lovely smooth finish with no lumpy bits. I also opted not to put pockets to keep the skirt smooth.
Our luxury triple crepe is perfect for this pattern, as it has a little weight to it and drapes beautifully! We have a few different colours avalible of this on our website.
We have this gorgeous crepe-backed satin in four different colours on our website!