Party Dress in Carolina Herrera Blue Silk Brocade
Leave a sable underneath the tree for me……
While waiting for Santa, I sewed one more holiday dress, this one for a January wedding.
I have never seen a Carolina Herrera I didn’t love which includes this cobalt blue paisley silk-blend brocade from Mood Fabrics.
Yum……. I was sold on the color alone until the fabric arrived. The quality of this brocade is unlike any I have seen or touched. It’s that good, and once again I was scared to cut my fabric.
What would Carolina do?
Santa baby……. give me an answer!
I made a muslin from an old Vogue pattern – 8532, now available on Etsy and Ebay.
Then, an amazing thing happened. It fit perfectly with only a minimal length adjustment in the bodice!
No sliding off of the shoulder, no gaping neckline.
I believe! I believe!
Fortunately I was able to fast forward sewing the dress after making the muslin. I lined it with perfectly matching Bemberg rayon lining,
and veered into the pop scene with a metal zipper.
One tip I must share came from the recent Craftsy class I bought,
I learned how to remove excess ease from a sleeve cap in a matter of seconds. Typically the perfect amount of ease is approximately 1 ¼ – 1 ½ “. Gail Yellen explains how to measure for and remove excessive ease from a sleeve cap by
1: measuring around distance between the single and double notch on the sleeve and in the armscye.
And now all is calm, all is bright.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night