After whirring themselves into a frenzy, the sewing machines of Perth fell silent last Saturday evening. It was a very special night - the first ever Perth Frocktails - where the sewers of Perth donned their handmade best and strutted forth to meet each other in real life!
There were 17 of us and it was so lovely to meet and chat about sewing without feeling like you were a total bore! It was also great fun to examine everyone's outfits and get the lowdown on their construction. We had food and cocktails and I just had the best time ever.
I decided early on that if I was going to a Frocktails event (something I'd read so much about on the east Aussie blogs), then I was going to go all out and wear something a bit out of my comfort zone! I first trawled through my patterns and came up with a shortlist. Then I searched through my stash. When my hand alighted on a gold curtain from Remida (Sound of Music anyone?), I knew I was going to attempt to recreate the cover of Burdastyle 12/2012 and make this asymmetrical, draped dress (#112).
My drape doesn't quite look like Burdastyle's, despite lots of fiddling and a few invisible hand stitches. The drape on my dress seemed to emerge from the chest apex area, while the model has none of that and more of a sash effect. This served to provide me with a rather alarming bust profile when standing side-on (below). I decided to just not stand side-on.
Or facing backwards.
I was very disappointed to discover, after sewing my back pieces together, that the fabric had a nap. The pieces of this dress are all cut as a single layer as they are asymmetrical. I had to play with the layout to get them all on the fabric and unfortunately I cut the upper back piece facing differently to all the others. You can see how the light falls on the skirt differently to the bodice. Bummer. Still, I was glad it was only on the back. There were also a few wrinkles along the back, but it was school holidays and I had neither the time or inclination to fix them. I was just happy my invisible zip was invisible!
I made the dress in a straight size 40 with no changes, so the fit was pretty darn good. I didn't have much time and got this done in two days just before the school holidays started. I hung it up for the bias cut hem to do its thing, then hemmed it by hand a few days later.
Despite the issues I mentioned, I was very pleased with this dress. I love the draped part and the way the dress forms natural folds underneath that look like gathers, but aren't. It looked nice without sleeves, but I added them as the evenings are still cool here. It's hemmed to just below knee length. I didn't want to be too wild, what with wearing gold and everything!
Frocktails. If you haven't got it near you, book a venue and make it happen. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you so much to Nat of Sew Outnumbered for taking the initiative to organise this one. It was fab.