Thursday, 5 November 2015

Melbourne Cup 2015 - Savage Coco Amare Dress


Ah, the Melbourne Cup...fashion, food and champers. Horses? Oh yes, there may have been horses. Actually I wish there hadn't, I disagree with horse racing. However, I do love a fancy lunch, so couldn't refuse when invited by a lovely friend to a Cup lunch at a local private school. What a day! Beautiful food, great company, a fashion parade, prizes. I loved every minute.


But back to the fashion, since that's what I really want to talk about. This is the Amare dress by Savage Coco Patterns, the designer of the hugely popular Presto Popover Top.


The thing is though, this is not actually a new dress, it's a refashioned version of the Amare I made some time back. The original dress was supposed to be the length of this remodeled dress, but in a fit of poor decision-making I chopped the hem and made it knee length. Although I loved the dress, the length and proportions were wrong, so I never wore it. When pondering my wardrobe for Cup day contenders, I pulled it out and decided to lengthen it.


I had the fabric to add to the bottom of the dress, but I didn't want to attach it with a normal seam as it would have looked like the afterthought that it was. I cast my mind back to some sewing I did in the eighties (!) where I used store-bought faggoting to lengthen a dress. I knew I would never be able to buy faggotting in a matching colour, so did a quick search and found a tutorial for hand-sewn faggoting. Basically, the raw edges are overlocked and turned under. They are then basted to paper to hold the opening in place for the hand-stitching (I used extra, extra long stitches on my machine for the basting). 


Once the hand sewing is done, the basting is unpicked and the paper removed. You can see where I unpicked the basted paper and the original hem below, but only on very close inspection!


I think the dress looks way better with the length increased to what was intended in the original design. I'm also super-pleased with the faggoting. It adds a little something to the plain linen and was pretty easy to do. As an added bonus, Nicki informed me on Instagram that faggoting is totally up to the minute and that Zac Posen used it in his latest collection. When I saw that longer hemlines were also in at the Melbourne Cup this year, I knew that finally my fashion planets had aligned and I was on-trend for one happy day!


I was planning to make a hat to go with my outfit, but ran out of time. Instead, I whipped up this flower from leftover linen. It was made by tearing long strips of linen, approximately 5cm wide, gathering them along one edge and rolling the strip into a flower shape. The underside was secured with hand stitches and I sewed it on to a clip to put in my hair. Done in under 30 minutes.



I had a fabulous time at the Cup lunch and felt like a million dollars in this dress, even if I do say so myself! It felt comfortable and ladylike and not too try-hard. I am already planning another version of this dress in a knit fabric, now I know it can be made from knits and wovens. Giddy up!


27 comments:

  1. Great recovery into a beautiful dress! And look at me all knowledgable about fashion and stuff..

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    1. Ha ha! You are one of the most creative people I have ever known x

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  2. That dress look fantastic on you!
    (so jealous of your Australian summer. we're just going into a rainy -elNino- winter here in California. sigh!)

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    1. Thank you and sorry about the weather, it is rather glorious here!

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  3. Beautiful dress! I had no idea that's how faggoting was done- thanks for showing the how-to!

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    1. It's definitely worth a try, especially if it's making a comeback!

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  4. Love the fagotting trim! It really takes the dress up a notch! Glad it was an easy and elegant wear to your luncheon.

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    1. Thank you. I am not good in heels, so I hope I was a bit elegant!

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  5. What a great save! I find I often create the most interesting garments when necessity forces me to look for creative solutions to problems such as too little fabric or design errors. Your 'new' dress is a perfect example!

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    1. I totally agree. Happy accidents are often the best.

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  6. that is so pretty, I have wanted to try that kind of technique, so i am mentally filing away for next spring.

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  7. I love fagoting but it has never occurred to me to do it by hand. Years ago I bought a fagoting plate for my elna, only to get home and find that my model does not have a fagoting stitch. Now I have a Janome with a fagoting stitch, but my plate doesn't fit this machine. I don't think I could be neat enough to do it by hand...so greatly admiring your efforts!

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    1. I think I must have seen it done by hand and then filed it away in my brain. There it was just when I needed it. Amazingly!

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  8. Your beautiful hand stitched faggoting has transformed this dress. It works so well with the linen. I'll bet you were the best dressed lady at your Cup luncheon.

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    1. Oh there were some lovely outfits, but I certainly felt like I was keeping up with the field ;)

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  9. I love the way you lengthened this! What a great idea!

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  10. I love this - a great detail on a lovely dress :)

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  11. Wow! I came here from pattern review to get a closer look - beautiful dress. The faggotting was a brilliant idea and that touch of handwork is so refined. And I am ecstatic to see this dress made in a non-stretch woven - I thought it was for stretch fabrics only, my pattern has been waiting for the right fabric for ages - now i'll go for one of my linens. Thank you!

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  12. Very fancy. I love the faggotting detail and your linen flower is also an elegant touch.

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  13. Wonderful dress! I love both a tender color and model. Also a length of dress is really great!

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