Every year the women in my family go to Lewiston for the annual Barbara Zimmer Holiday Wish Show in support of the American Cancer Society. It is an amazing event that supports a cause that hits very close to home for our family and we always have such a wonderful time. Knowing I would need a great dress for the event, I started a few weeks back in search of a perfect pattern so I could make one. I made 5 or 6 patterns out of muslin and this one ultimately won out as my favorite. It’s classic and sophisticated but what I liked about it was with the right accessories it was also very fun and flirty! I won’t do the how-to in this post, as it’s a fully lined dress with almost 50 steps (we’d be here all day!) but I will walk you through a few pictures, tell you what I used and tell you what I liked about the pattern!
Materials I used: McCall’s Vogue 8667 pattern in view A (with a couple changes to the bodice that I will note later in the post), 2 1/2 yds Waverly Bedazzle Fabric (I got a yd more than I needed for my size because I cut each piece to match up the design… I’ll post a picture illustrating this later on), 1 1/4 yd Sunline Lining in “mellow yellow”, Guterman 100% cotton thread in color 1040 for the dress and Guterman color 855 for the lining, Coats and Clark 22″ invisible zipper in “Nugrey”, and one hook and eye.
The picture above is the back of the bodice and is a great example of how I cut to match the design on the fabrics. Choosing a fabric with not only a design, but a big and bold design made it very difficult to just cut according to the pattern. Because of this, I got a lot of extra yardage and matched all the pieces myself. It takes quite a bit of extra time and frustration but as you can see from the picture, it really looks cool to have the patterns lined up every where and it is worth it. The fabric I choose is actually a home decor fabric, but I’ve been seeing a lot of that being done on the runways so I thought I would give it a try. It ended up working to my advantage because once I pressed the dress at the end the fabric gave these great architectural lines that I don’t think would have had the same affect had I used a more casual fabric.
As you can see from the picture above, the entire dress is lined. You certainly could make this dress without a lining and in most cases it would save you a lot of time and frustration if you didn’t line it. I had to for a number of reasons… I wasn’t sure how sheer the fabric would be, I knew the fabric wouldn’t feel good against my skin, and since I choose to not put the collar on the neckline, I knew you would be able to see inside and I wanted it to look nice. Since I choose to make dress A but not include the collar, once I got to that step I followed the directions for view F.
The dress is pretty plain on its own so I wanted to kick it up with the styling and I found some great accessories that really made the whole outfit. I wore a metallic silver cardigan from NY&Co, a last season’s Silver Bow Belt from Betsey Johnson, a pair of grey suede platform Steve Madden pumps, and a deep purple BCBG Maxazria Satin Clutch. I loved the pattern because with this dress you could make it very dressy or very casual just with your fabric choice. Do you guys have any patterns for dresses that you absolutely love? If so, please share!