Thursday, September 6, 2012

V8511 - Dress for the Ball

The days were nearing the Monash Law Faculty Ball.  Jess queued at 6.00 am to get tickets to the yearly event.   She asked if I could make her dress and she chose her favourite Vogue 8511.  However this dress was to be long and have a 'v' line back.

The pattern was easy to adjust/alter but the grade of the skirt front was a bit tricky, as the original dress has that tulip effect and I need to grade the pattern so that there was just enough fabric for her to walk - she didn't want a Mortisha Adams dress.

After a couple of calico toiles, was confident that I had the right pattern and commenced.  Fabric from Tessuti - Dark Empire Wool Crepe, a blue/red which suits Jess far better than an orange/red.

The pattern has a waist seam, so I made a small belt from the same fabric to hide the seam and made a bow for the back which sits on the belt.

She loves it and I'm so happy it has turned out - had a few wobbly feelings there for a minute, but fortunately it came out fine.




She wanted the 'v' back because her necklace chain would fall down her back - quite elegant.
A couple of shots and we were off "To The Ball".

12 comments:

  1. Two knock out garments in a row! Glad to have you back to posting.

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    1. Thanks Amy. Will have some extra time to finish some garments.

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  2. This is a beautiful dress! It looks wonderful on your daughter. I love both the colour and style. Great job! You must be so happy with it.

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    1. Thanks Diana - very thrilled with the result and she had a great night.

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  3. what a stunning gown...fits her perfectly! She's lucky to have such a wonderful personal seamstress!

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    1. Thanks Lisa - it's a joy to sew for Jess.

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  4. The dress is stunning, and so is your daughter! What an elegant and beautiful young lady :)
    Thank you so much for chatting to me in the shop, and I am so pleased to put a name to your face. I am looking forward to trying out the dress you recommended in drape drape, and lots of others too!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn for your comments and it was great to meet you too.

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  5. Evelyne, thank you so much for your kind comments, and your compliments on Mum's vest. i shall be sure to pass your kind words along to her. and yes, we do love sewing together, when we can :)

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  6. Hi,
    I've fallen in love with Vogue 8511 from reading your blog. It's out of print! I've been desperately searching online for a stray copy but no luck so far :(.
    Going to check out a second hand sewing supplies place that has loads of old sewing patterns with my fingers crossed that I'll find a copy.
    Your dresses look amazing. Congratulations!
    Susan

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  7. Oh wow this is beautiful you must be so proud-it fits her perfectly. =D

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