Gold Metallic Boucle Dress

Don we now our gay apparel! Some fabrics are meant to be worn at night, and I believe this shimmery metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics is certainly one of them:

metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics

Editor’s note: Lots of boucle options are available at MoodFabrics.com. I bought the fabric at the NYC store in November 2012, and admired it at home for over a year while waiting for a vision to appear. Perhaps, a coat, a suit, or another French jacket……

And then – it came upon a midnight clear ;)

Dress made from metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics NYC and sewing pattern Butterick 5588.

After nearly three weeks of no sewing I was eager to make something festive and chose the classic Butterick 5588 pattern as my base.

Since the fabric is relatively heavy I wanted to avoid bulky darts as well as fullness and believed the princess seams would compliment the fabric. I completed a full muslin in View B before cutting the shoulders off of the front, gradually angling to the underarm.

Dress made from metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics NYC and sewing pattern Butterick 5588.

I used the lower edge of the side back as my guide and cut straight across the back.

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After tweaking the fit until the dress was tight enough to wear strapless, I added 1 ¼” straps to increase the comfort level.

Would you believe I looked for a complimentary trim for over a year?

Nothing seemed to pop to my novice eye, but last week while browsing through the winter wonderland of festive clothes at Nordstrom, I noticed the Alice + Oliva “Boxman” jacket seen below…

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Dress made from metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics NYC and sewing pattern Butterick 5588. www.goodbyevalentino.com Butterick 5588  - metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics

Pulling the neutral-color threads from a 1 ¾” strip of fabric resulted in a metallic fringe. After the dress was completed, I attached the fringe by hand around the top of the bodice. I was tempted to add it to the straps and around the bottom, but thankfully good judgment prevailed.

My new party dress is lined with this China silk also purchased at Mood.

www.goodbyevalentino.com Butterick 5588  - metallic boucle from Mood FabricsIt’s true, the fabric is lovely during the day …..

Dress made from metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics NYC and sewing pattern Butterick 5588.but it truly comes to life when the sun goes down!

Dress made from metallic boucle from Mood Fabrics NYC and sewing pattern Butterick 5588.

If only I could do the same!

Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la :)

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Comments


  • Madeline
    December 16, 2013

    Love the dress! Another beauty. I looked for the pattern but I could not find it. Is it out of print??

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you, Madline! I believe the pattern is out of print but the design is so classic that a similar pattern should be available.
      I also saw this pattern on Etsy in several sizes :)

  • Erica B.
    December 16, 2013

    This dress is so classically elegant! You look great and it’s impeccably made, as usual!

  • Jenny
    December 16, 2013

    Wonderful! What a festive dress

  • Ginger
    December 16, 2013

    Wow, this is gorgeous! I just love this gold color and it looks extra good on you! Absolutely lovely! The trim is a great touch!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thanks so much, Ginger! The night time sheen took me by surprise!

  • Carmen
    December 16, 2013

    What a great solution for trim. Beautiful.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thanks, Carmen! “Now why didn’t I think of that?” I wondered upon bumping into the Boxman jacket :) So very easy :)

  • Andrea Birkan
    December 16, 2013

    Stunning!!!

  • Lori
    December 16, 2013

    Gorgeous as always, love the trim and your pictures.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you so much, Lori!

  • Sewjourner
    December 16, 2013

    OMG. You have outdone yourself.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      LOL! I’d say the fabric is the star here! Many thanks :)

  • Elaine davies
    December 16, 2013

    Perfect fit!

  • Amanda S.
    December 16, 2013

    Pretty, pretty, pretty! Great fit and perfect neckline finish. Have fun at the party!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! I did and I shall – assuming it goes to more than one :)

  • Kimberly
    December 16, 2013

    This dress is pretty. Thank you for the tip on the trim. I am working with a boucle and wondered how I would find a coordinating trim….there you go. Thanks again.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you, Kimberly! The trim is simple to make – I sewed two rows of stay stitching down the middle before fraying the fabric.

      • Kimberly
        December 20, 2013

        Good to know.

  • Lauren
    December 16, 2013

    Ahh, it’s beautiful!

  • BeaJay
    December 16, 2013

    What a stunning dress. Gorgeous.

  • Peter
    December 16, 2013

    Gorgeous, Sarah, and you look gorgeous in it. What a great idea to make trim from the fabric itself. A perfect holiday outfit!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you, Peter! I’m hoping to extend its wear beyond the holidays – maybe through February?

  • Linda L
    December 16, 2013

    Gorgeous dress! Excellent job and fit!

  • Amy
    December 16, 2013

    There is such a stunning and classic elegance to all of your garments. Between this dress and your silver one, you’ve got the holidays covered. Bravo on yet another knock out!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Hmmm……. silver and gold. There’s a song in there for sure :)
      Many thanks for the nice comment, Amy!

  • angela
    December 17, 2013

    So pretty!! I love it as always. Great dress. You look amazing. Enjoy. Happy Holidays.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you so much, Angela! Happy Holidays to you too :)

  • Jennifer
    December 17, 2013

    You look amazing, and you did a fabulous job!!!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you, Jennifer!

  • Helen
    December 17, 2013

    I would not have thought to pair this style with a wool boucle but it really beautiful. And the trim finishes it off so well!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 17, 2013

    Thank you, Helen! The inspiration came from a close-fitted black wool cocktail dress that I’ve owned for many years :)

  • Liz
    December 17, 2013

    This dress is so beautiful and festive without being over the top. I love the trim you fashioned, ingenious!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 17, 2013

      Thank you so much, Liz! The fabric makes the dress with this simple pattern…….including the trim :)

  • Sallie
    December 18, 2013

    I love your clever trim! How perfect! This dress is just so elegant and festive. Perfect for the holidays!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 18, 2013

      Thank you, Sallie! The fabric (and trim) says it all :)

  • Tzipi
    December 18, 2013

    So beautiful and inspirational!!!! This encourages me to go thru my stash, bite the bullet and take on some projects.
    You look amazing!!!!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 18, 2013

      Many thanks, Tzipi! I don’t know what I like better – stash busting or stash building :)

  • NinaLBoston
    December 18, 2013

    A stash is a wonderful thing — your patience in waiting for inspiration certainly paid off. As always, a perfectly lovely piece and FUN too!

  • Sarah Gunn
    December 18, 2013

    Thank you so much, Nina! It has fun written all over it, huh? :)

  • oonaballoona
    December 20, 2013

    sarah, you ARE class.

  • Candyce Nicole
    December 29, 2013

    You’ve left me breathless! Just beautiful.

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!!