Party Time!

Raise your hand if you’re an Oscar de la Renta fan.IMG_0029

That would be me!

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Frankly I should raise both hands. I think Oscar de la Renta makes the best party dresses on earth! One of these days I might just break down and buy one, but until then I’ll keep sewing
O D L R inspired dresses.

Mood Fabric’s Red and Black 3-D Floral Brocade has party dress written all over it, and I placed an order for 3 1/2 yards. Little did I know I would cut out three patterns before finding one to showcase the beauty and dimension of this fabric! The fabric features a diagonal design which I realized needed to be treated like a stripe.


I settled on Vogue 8997.


The 16- piece pattern allowed for strategic fabric placement letting me take advantage of the diagonal design, and I was able to create a mirrored effect with the pattern.IMG_0004 IMG_0006 3 IMG_0002


I’m fond of the dress silhouette although I don’t wear it often.


Being intent on a snugly fit bodice, I cut the back out in a smaller size, then sewed 1″ seams.


Anything other than a snug fit would have resulted in slipping shoulders and gapes in the back-V.


3 & 1/2 yards of brocade makes for a heavy dress, so I decided to line only the bodice. I know this decision knocks it out of the Oscar de la Renta echelon, but I did not want to wear a 10 pound dress!  The brocade is finished with a non-scratchy backing, and I finished each edge on the serger before stitching the pieces together.


I’m happy with the decision! The fabric has unbelievable body, does not wrinkle, and the skirt portion did not need to be lined. (PS – the skirt circumference is 144″ !)


Mood Fabrics stocks an abundance of beautiful brocades! In case your new to the fabric, I find brocade easy to handle, and the result is almost always festive – a definite win-win scenario.

I encourage you to give this festive fabric a try for your holiday sewing, and now…..let the party begin!

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  • Jessica
    October 9, 2017

    Gorgeous dress. Just a heads up, whenever I click the link to the fabric, it asks me for a password. Can I look without logging in?

  • Goodbye Valentino
    October 9, 2017

    Thank you, Jessica! I have no idea why you would be asked for a password to look at the fabric – Crazy! I think this must be an administrative issue. Try looking at brocades in general and see if that works.

  • Linda Berube
    October 9, 2017

    Absolutely gorgeous! You sure are ready for a holiday party!

    • Goodbye Valentino
      October 9, 2017

      Thank you, Linda! I’m definitely ready and glad I planned ahead for a change 😉

  • Lori
    October 9, 2017

    Beautiful dress and perfect matching skills, you look lovely.