I started the New Year generous in spirit by making a dress for my daughter. It’s been over 15 years since I have heard “Will you make me a dress, Mom? ” and she wasn’t referring to a Children’s Corner or Martha Pullen pattern anymore. Mimi wanted a formal dress.
Not only did I make a dress for Mimi, but I made a dress for Mimi with my Mood Fabrics allowance. Bought at Mood NYC: champagne gold sequin fabric and matching china silk for lining.
Due to the holiday season we did not decide on the exact pattern until the day after Christmas. As usual, time was of the essence forcing me into a sewing marathon in order to finish the dress on time. My only prerequisite was that Mimi select an easy pattern due to time constraints. She wanted a dress that can be easily shortened after the event and settled on Very Easy Vogue 8241.
In making a quick muslin, we faced gaping armholes, but the issue was easily solved by running an ease stitch along the front armhole.
As I sewed the shoulder seams lining and fabric together in an awkward continuous seam, I thought about Susan Khalje’s preference for completing the lining and bodice as separate pieces and carefully handstitching the two together. I partook in a prayful moment before stepping on the presser foot, and was thankful to discover the seams matched.
While Mimi and I wait for a perfect button to appear, I sewed a metal snap at the back opening which magically disappeared into the fabric.
So without further ado, h e r e ’ s Mimi!
We agree the simplicity of the dress pattern lets this gorgeous fabric speak for itself.
The light affects the color of the sequins which change from champagne to gold to taupe.
…….and it moves well too!
Mimi and I love everything about the dress! We deemed it a true winner when my older daughter asked for a short silk version for spring. Looks like I’ll be happily making another one 🙂
Hmmm………….Suddenly the expression
Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
comes to mind. 😉
Have fun, Mimi!
Editor’s note: Sarah found this particular sequin fabric at Mood NYC, where we still have a decent amount of it available (1-212-730-5003). We are steadily adding more sequined fabrics to our online offerings; keep checking back here.