Party Dress in Carolina Herrera Blue Silk Brocade

 

Santa Baby,

Leave a sable underneath the tree for me…… :)

Party dress made with Carolina Herrera blue silk brocade from Mood Fabrics.

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!

Party dress made with Carolina Herrera blue silk brocade from Mood Fabrics.

I made a muslin from an old Vogue pattern – 8532, now available on Etsy and Ebay.

8532

Then, an amazing thing happened. It fit perfectly with only a minimal length adjustment in the bodice!

Party dress made with Carolina Herrera blue silk brocade from Mood Fabrics.

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,

Party dress made with Carolina Herrera blue silk brocade from Mood Fabrics.

and veered into the pop scene with a metal zipper.

Party dress made with Carolina Herrera blue silk brocade from Mood Fabrics.

One tip I must share came from the recent Craftsy class I bought,

40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know – Gail Yellen

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.

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2: If the difference is greater than 1 ½ “, simply skim off the top of the sleeve.

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That’s it.

And now all is calm, all is bright.

Party dress made with Carolina Herrera blue silk brocade from Mood Fabrics.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night :)

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Comments


  • Pam
    December 23, 2013

    Fantastic dress! I love it! I’m going to drop by Mood today (LA) and check out their party dress fabrics! Wonderful fit! Great job!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks so much, Pam! I know you found something wonderful :)

  • Michelle
    December 23, 2013

    Hot damn! This is a Christmas dress! I hope Santa is good to you. :-D

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      LOL! Santa loved it for sure :)

  • Peter
    December 23, 2013

    Sensational dress, Sarah. The color is gorgeous, the fit is fabulous, the execution…is scheduled for noon tomorrow. Just kidding — great job!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      LOL! The great escape was just in time to wrap a few more presents and cook a few more meals. Close call indeed :)

  • Lauren
    December 23, 2013

    Sarah, you can’t wear this to a wedding – dontcha know it’s bad manners to outshine the bride? ;)

    Just kidding! You look stunning! Love that color blue on you and how perfectly the neckline frames your face :)

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      No one can outshine this gorgeous bride so I’m not too worried ;)
      Many thanks and I hope you had a good one!

  • oonaballoona
    December 23, 2013

    beeeeeeeeeyootiful. i bet santa treats you VERY nice in that stunner.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Oona! Santa was quite good this year ;)

  • Mary
    December 23, 2013

    Well done! You look gorgeous in this color, and I love that pattern.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks so much, Mary!

  • Carmen
    December 23, 2013

    The zipper looks perfect. Any tips on how you did that?

    I can only echo what those above have said. Bravo!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Carmen! I put the zipper in with a zipper foot after basting in place. I find installing metal zippers to be the easiest of all for some reason.

  • Angela
    December 23, 2013

    The dress is truly beautiful, well-done! As Carmen said, I can only echo what others have said…

    and wonder how the sewing room is coming along…. ?

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Angela! The sewing room is great for sewing but not ready for pics yet……… as I want to have it looking just the way I imagined it to look before showing it to the world. Coming soon…… :)

  • Lori
    December 23, 2013

    Beautiful dress, Sarah, it looks amazing and you look beautiful wearing it. Thanks for the tips and Merry Christmas.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thank you, Lori! Merry Christmas to you and your family. Hope it was a good one :)

  • angela
    December 23, 2013

    Love it! I think I might have to start sewing my dress tonight. I love your dress.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Angela! Good luck with your dress :)

  • carolyn roemer
    December 23, 2013

    Very Snazzy as we used to say. Muslins are worth the patience. the fit is perfect.
    Wish I had more patience.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thank you, Carolyn! Muslins have indeed changed my sewing for the better :)

  • Kimberly
    December 23, 2013

    Thanks for the ease tip. Beautiful dress that is beautifully made and fits beautifully.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thank you so much, Kimberly! The sleeve tip was too good not to share :)

  • Debbie Iles
    December 23, 2013

    Beautiful! I especially love the back zipper and can imagine how special that fabric is in real life.

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thank you, Debbie! This fabric is dreamy!

  • Katie
    December 24, 2013

    Gorgeous work. I especially like the exposed zipper! (Any tips on sourcing metal zippers, by the way? It’s hard to find places that carry them!)

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Katie! I found mine at home in SC and would imagine if I can find one here they should be available elsewhere. I would try MOOD! Good luck!

  • Autumn
    December 24, 2013

    How did you keep the zipper from being wavy? And I also am looking for a referral for metal zippers.
    Beautiful dress!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thank you, Autumn! Have you tried applying interfacing to the fabric (underneath the fold) to stabilize?

      • Autumn
        December 28, 2013

        No… thank you I will do so next time!

  • Amanda S.
    December 24, 2013

    Gorgeous! And I’ve got to have some of that fabric!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 26, 2013

      Thanks, Amanda! You’ll do wonders with this fabric for sure :)

  • Amy
    December 26, 2013

    Another knock out dress! You are on quite a roll this season! That blue brocade is just gorgeous on you. Carolina Herrera fabrics I’ve gotten from Mood have never let me down. With all the gorgeous pieces you’ve been making lately, I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings!

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 28, 2013

      Thank you, Amy! I’ve spent so much time sewing special occasion clothes this month that I’m ready to tone it down with some casually pieces for 2014 :)

  • Ginger
    December 27, 2013

    Wow! This is fantastic! I LOVE this blue color on you! Also, is it weird to say that I love your tree topper?

    • Sarah Gunn
      December 28, 2013

      Thanks, Ginger! Sadly, this isn’t my house but my husband’s office. I love the tree topper too :)

  • Candyce Nicole
    December 31, 2013

    Just lovely!!

  • Curry
    January 4, 2014

    Well done! Love the zipper and thanks for the tip! You sew beautifully and smartly.