Long, long ago back in… July, this beautiful brocade caught my eye. The
rich jewel tones sparkled against my brown complexion. I saw the perfect holiday dress. I bet you’re thinking, holiday dress in July? Yeap. I wanted it to be ready when for the first big holiday event rolled around.
Typically, I make myself a birthday dress. And that dress is usually white or off-white. My birthday falls on the week of our annual Women’s conference. This year I wanted to change it up a bit. No white dress for me. This jewel toned dress will take the place of my usual white dress. I finished it a few days after my big day.
I like this brocade’s bold print. It turned out so well that I think I’ll continue the
boldness for future birthday dresses. Mood has a huge section of brocade fabrics. There is something available for every complexion and
I used Palmer/Pletsch McCall 6464. It was the first time I used this particular pattern. I made several changes for fit and for style/construction. For starters, I made my usual fit changes, which I will detail on my blog. The style and construction changes included:
- trim along the bodice and front seams of the dress
- Hong Kong finished seams on the skirt of the dress
- silk organza to help shape the sleeve cap
- hand picked zipper with beads (you can hardly see the beads because of the fabric print.)
So, this is my first holiday dress of the season. I may make two more. We will see.