My Oh So Lovely Ball Dress

So I began making my Ballgown a good old while ago in the fabulous Dressmaking to Fit Workshop. Sarah supplied the bodice and skirt templates which we tinkered with until they matched my drawing.

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We altered the bodice to create a pretty, almost square, neckline and added capped sleeves and back darts for extra shape. The simple A – line skirt is slightly  ‘puffed’ with cute double pleats at the front.

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I whipped up my first ever toile, I’m normally far too impatient to make the dress twice! There were no major changes required just a little lengthening of the bodice, widening the armholes and allowing a little more breathing room around the bust.

The small changes made all the difference. My dress fits perfectly!  It is the longest I have ever spent creating a garment but I can honestly say the time put in was absolutely worth it. Every part of my dress feels luxurious. Most importantly, I was comfortable, even after a huge meal!

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As you can see it frays like made so I had to do french seams and lots and lots of pressing. Most of my time was spent making unending darts. Everything was doubled as I self-lined the bodice. I was bereft of my ever faithful Frixion pen as it left permanent marks on the fabric I chose. I had to resort to chalk pencil marks and tailors tacks instead! All in all, I created sixteen pleats and darts!

The night before the ball I hand tacked a gorgeous gold ribbon about the hem of the gown and ever so carefully sewed it on with a wide zigzag stitch. After a long day at the shop Sarah kindly took to the overlocker to finish my dress with a rolled hem. I shall learn this skill soon, but some things are best left to the professionals.

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And of course, No outfit would be complete without a little bit of bling! Over the past few months, I’ve been collecting jewellery storing it, magpie-like, in order to complete my look. As my dress is relatively simple I could completely go to town on makeup and jewellery. So, of course, I brought a glittery gold eyeshadow, a delicate gold bracelet, necklace, comfy plaited sandals and to top everything off a crown! Because when else will I get the chance to wear a crown!

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Sparkly-eyed and bedecked in my finery I flittered about the City Rooms feeling like a pixie queen. Now all I need is an excuse to do it all again.

Rebekah x

 

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