|The status report for this month is Holidays in the Office. While there was a party in the office, I was not able to get a shot of my outfit (it was pretty awesome though: black pencil skirt, black tuxedo blouse, skull tights, skull suspenders, Victorian-inspired shoes, derby hat, skull jewelry). This is the gown I wore to my company's holiday party. It was at a super fancy resort and lasted the whole weekend. I apologize for the quality of these pictures; despite the fanciness of the place, the lighting in our room was absolutely terrible. Only the bathroom had bright enough light, so please ignore the towels in the background. Also, we had left the camera at home, and these were taken with my cell phone.|
Anyway, onto the review. The pattern is New Look 6454, in a combination of A (the halter) and C (the godet). Strapless dresses don't work on me because I don't have the proper assets to keep them up, and I don't particularly care for those super skinny spaghetti straps. The back was too low to wear a regular bra, so I am wearing one of those adhesive ones. I can't remember why I chose the gore instead of the fuller skirt of view A; perhaps because those little godets would look silly in a contrasting color?
I made this to wear almost two years ago to my birthday party. It was a Clue (Cluedo for non-North American folks) party; or rather, it was intended to be, but folks didn't really play ball as much as I would have liked. I made a character up for myself that was a baroness, so I needed a fancy dress. The fabric I used was crepe-back satin. The party was in June (though my birthday is not in June; it's a long story how that happened). June in the greater DC area is hot. While I was stuck with synthetic fabrics for the dress, I opted against lining the whole thing (I don't think a lining is necessary for the whole dress unless you opted for a super-light crepe), I lined the bodice in cotton. I figured that would mitigate a bit of the problem the synthetic would cause, and it did. Other changes I made: I skipped boning and lace overlay. I don't need the support of boning and it's a pain in the ass anyway (both to sew it and wear it).
One note here: this has a side zipper, so southpaws might want to switch it to the other side.
So how difficult was this? I remember it as being time-consuming, but not difficult. Perhaps it was time-consuming because I was planning the party at the same time? The bodice construction wasn't any more difficult than any other dress with similar lines. Satin is a pain to sew because it loves to fray (so you really should finish all the edges, and I do) and likes to slip against itself. Cutting can be a bit difficult if your scissors aren't sharp enough too. So if you can triumph over the challenges of satin, then the actual sewing isn't too bad at all. Just remember to keep your grain straight when cutting; that seems to be an issue with me for satin more than any other fabric, and it probably due to the slipping I mentioned already. So overall difficulty assessment leads me to recommend this for an advanced beginner.
The wrap did not have clear instructions for cutting and sewing. It's just two rectangles on each side, so how hard could it be? Well, the copy of the pattern I have gives a length of rectangle to cut, and the instructions simply state to "sew the ends together" without specifying which ends. I was pretty annoyed at that.
PS: Theora turns six today. Please join me in wishing her a happy birthday. She will return your wishes by waking up from her nap, yawning, rolling over, and taking another nap.