Oscar de la Renta Taffeta Dress

What do you get when you cross an Oscar de la Renta Taffeta with a Kay Unger pattern and a left-handed seamstress?

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It’s not the first time I’ve sewn the mirror image of an asymmetrical pattern and I doubt it will be my last :)

www.goodbyevalentino.com  Mood Fabrics Oscar de la Renta silk taffetaHello, it’s me…………… a n d  I  a m  s o  h a p p y  to be sewing whatever strikes my fancy again at the Mood Sewing Network!

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As soon as I wrapped up the final post-wedding details, I retrieved this Oscar de la Renta Poppy Red Floral Silk Taffeta from my Mood Fabrics stash. The bright colors and cheerful design were just what the doctor ordered to get me back to the sewing machine after a summer of wedding duties ;)

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Perhaps I could have gone the instant gratification route, but with the pressure off I had fun making a muslin, fitting a pattern and even using a new zipper technique! I purchased my pattern, Vogue 1303 nearly three years ago at a glance on sale. Upon later reading the instructions I realized the midriff sash is actually a waist inset without petite adjustments.

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The muslin was not a pretty picture, and I quickly knew this bias cut waist inset would not work for me.

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My solution was to cut and sew the waist lining pattern pieces as the inset since they were easy to alter and free of bulk. Once the dress fit, I made a bias cut lined sash, placed it over the inset, and basted the ends along the seamlines.

dress 1303I assumed the large floral fabric would be forgiving, but fortunately, there was nothing to forgive! The taffeta is the perfect fabric choice for holding the crisp pleats in the sash, and the alterations surprisingly worked like a charm. I also discovered taffeta offers versatility beyond formal attire!

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Thanks to the Craftsy Mastering Zipper Techniques Class a FREE class, I inserted my first issue-free lapped zipper in less than 10 minutes!

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But the best lesson of all this week was rediscovering the pleasure of pursuing a passion when unencumbered by external pressures and stress. Happiness can be hard to define sometimes but we know if when we feel it!

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Until soon :)

 

 

 

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Comments


  • Christy
    September 13, 2014

    Wow! This is just lovely!

  • AJW
    September 13, 2014

    Stunning. As usual. So glad you’re back after what sounds like a momentous summer.

  • Sallie
    September 13, 2014

    Oh so stunning!!! Great pattern and fabric pairing! It’s so bright and cheery, and as always, you look like the picture of elegance! Glad to have you back!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      September 14, 2014

      Thank you, Sallie! I’m hardly the picture of elegance but this fabric just makes me smile :) !

  • Lauren
    September 13, 2014

    Sarah, this is beautiful! You look stunning!!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      September 14, 2014

      Thank you, Lauren! You are churning out one after another – how do you do it?

  • Sharon
    September 13, 2014

    Welcome back! Not only is your dress uplifting, but also the tone of your blog. Congrats on keeping to your rtw fast during the most stressful of times. What do they say, getting married can be a big stress point. Maybe they should add making a MOB dress to that list!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      September 14, 2014

      LOL! I wasn’t expecting to have wedding stress but I did ;) …. and there were times when I thought about buying something to help me through my wardrobe needs but I stuck it out.
      Many thanks for your comment, Sharon – it truly feels good to be back!

  • Kelly Call
    September 13, 2014

    Beautiful dress! You are such an inspiration to me. I am a new seamstress. Do you always make a muslin before cutting your patterns? It seems like so much extra work but I am thinking that maybe I should follow suit and do the same. I tend to cut and then not finish because it is not working. Thanks for your input :-)

    • Goodbye Valentino
      September 14, 2014

      Thank you, Kelly! On my blog post today, I showed 3 muslin fittings next to the finished garment and you can see why it is necessary. I always make a quick muslin for just about everything these days. When I sewed 25 years ago I never made muslins and wasted a lot of time and fabric. For me, making a muslin for fitting purposes is essential.

  • The Nerdy Seamstress
    September 13, 2014

    This is amazing! I love your dress, and fabric. One day, I want to make beautiful clothes just like you!

  • carolyn roemer
    September 13, 2014

    Great dress! And great fit. Making a muslin makes so much sense and really in the end saves so much time. After all the stretch knits I’ve been using it’s time to get back to good fitting wovens. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • Goodbye Valentino
      September 14, 2014

      Thank you so much, Carolyn! Sewing would be a waste of time for me without making a muslin!

  • Bella
    September 13, 2014

    Beautiful! The colours are gorgeous on you.

  • Amanda S.
    September 14, 2014

    Gorgeous dress on you! Perfect fit and the fabric is just right with your coloring.

  • Goodbye Valentino
    September 14, 2014

    Hi Amanda! Thank you so much – I really love this fabric :)

  • Ginger
    September 14, 2014

    You are the fit queen! I’m always blown away by the impeccable fit you achieve, and your method here is so smart! This looks absolutely gorgeous on you. Welcome back to regular sewing! ;)

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 14, 2014

    Thank you, Ginger!! I’ve missed everyone :)

  • Amy
    September 15, 2014

    What a gorgeous fabric! And, I really like this silhouette of dress on you. Such a classic shape. It works well with the bold print.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 15, 2014

      Thank you so much, Amy! I scratched my head on this one for a while but the pattern eventually worked well for me :)

  • oonaballoona
    September 16, 2014

    beeee-yoo-tiful!!! isn’t that just the happiest fabric you’ve ever played with! you look scrumptious, sarah!

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 17, 2014

      Thank you, Oona! It is the happiest fabric ever………..and a silk that behaves while sewing !

  • Peter
    September 17, 2014

    Gorgeous. Such fun seeing you and Oonaballoona come up with different dresses from the same beautiful Oscar de la Renta print.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 17, 2014

      Thank you, Peter! It’s a great fabric :)

  • Cennetta
    September 18, 2014

    Sarah, Your dress collection is one to envy. I love your elegant, classic. If it’s not broke don’t fix it. This dress is very flattering on you.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 23, 2014

      Thank you, Cennetta! I’m trying to wean myself from sewing dresses but it’s not working ;)

  • Fiona
    September 20, 2014

    What a wonderful fabric to dive back into sewing for fun with! It’s a fantastic print that looks stunning on you. I’ve become quite a fan of Kay Unger patterns after trying one a few months ago and really enjoying all the extra details. This looks to be very similar and I may have to give it a try!

  • Sarah Gunn
    September 23, 2014

    Thank you so much, Fiona! It was a fantastic fabric to work with and I too love those Kay Unger dresses :)

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    September 28, 2014

    Lovely colours on you and the fit is beautiful and very flattering.

    • Sarah Gunn
      September 29, 2014

      Many thanks, Lizzy!