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.

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I settled on Vogue 8997.

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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

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

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

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

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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.

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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″ !)

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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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Comments


  • 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?

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  • 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.

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  • Linda Berube
    October 9, 2017

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

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    • Goodbye Valentino
      October 9, 2017

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

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  • Lori
    October 9, 2017

    Beautiful dress and perfect matching skills, you look lovely.

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