That would be me!
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.
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!