In a bit of a departure from the muted colours I've been choosing of late, I decided to boldly go bold with pattern and colour and see what happened. This is medium-weight chiffon-type fabric from Textile Traders.
I think I like it.
Actually, I love it!
The pattern is the 'Divine Dinner Dress' by Savage Coco Patterns. Designed as a maxi dress, this pattern was inspired by a gorgeous dress worn by Romy Schneider in the movie 'La Piscine'. It has been drafted and made available to us lucky home sewists by the fabulous Coco. You can download it here for only 99c if you agree to write a review of the pattern. It is currently available in a size M for a 36" bust.
My favourite feature of this pattern is the neckline, which is constructed as one piece with the armhole edgings. I also love the opening in the back. The original pattern has the option of extending this to the lower back, which is heart-stoppingly glamorous, but I decided to make mine in the shorter length in the interests of modesty.
The construction of the neckline piece is a triumph. The instructions have you sewing the inner neckline, then rolling one armhole inside the opposite shoulder to complete each armhole edge. I read this over and over trying to get my head around it. In the end I just did it and, like magic, the piece unrolls to reveal beautifully finished seams. I used a black stretch woven fabric for the neckline.
The neckline is the most difficult part of this dress, but is really not difficult if you follow Coco's tutorial. I used 'Washable Wonder Tape' to finish the inside edge of the neckline, which really helped keep everything in place. Then I hand stitched the inside in place.
The rest of the dress went together very quickly. I made this dress knee-length, rather than a full-length maxi and I took in the side seams quite a bit for a closer fit. At the last minute, I decided to add a sheer, black band to the hem to balance the black of the neckline.
Here it is with a belt.
I made a muslin of this dress with lovely blue knit fabric. Here I am wafting about the house in it. This dress works well in knit and woven fabric. It is also lovely as a maxi or knee length dress or even as a top.
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This is the fourth dress I have made with Savage Coco patterns and I love them all. There's nothing like wearing a glamorous movie star dress to make one feel rather fabulous! Thank you to Coco for the opportunity to test this pattern.
My other Savage Coco creations are here: