Added Feb 10, 2013
The story of this dress is quite exciting and adventurous if I think it well. A few weeks ago I found out I finally got the chance to get a ticket to the opera at the La Scala theater in Milan, which has been my dream ever since I had moved here. So I HAD to make myself a special evening dress for the occasion. The same day I got the ticket, I went on Burdastyle.com and saw the contest, and I got the idea of participating with my “Scala” dress (since both the original contest deadline and the day I was going at La Scala were the same day, 8th of February). I immediately bought the book on Amazon.it, it arrived not long after, and after quite some procrastinating on frabrics, I started working on the dress. The faith, though, did not want me to wear it at the opera, because 2 days before the show I found out I was supposed to have a job interview on the day of the show. So this is how I ended up at La Scala on Friday in my interview clothes… and this dress will end up in my Etsy store. But anyhow, it will remain my contest dress here on Burdastyle.
So here are the facts:
1. master pattern used from the Sewing Vintage Modern book: the Elizabeth Gathered-Waist Dress
2. pattern modifications:
- I altered the neckline using the instructions in the book for obtaining the pajama set top, in the front, and designing my own V-neck in the back
- I added a “reversed” collar that I drafted myself, which has the ends at the back instead of at the front
- instead of using the straight gathered skirt that the pattern originally had, I used a flared skirt (almost semi-circle) that I also gathered at the waist for extra-fullness
- I added 2 options of sash: 1 black and 1 striped, and 2 options of bows: 1 black and 1 striped, in order to give more possibilities to create different looks
- black silk shantung for the bodice and for the black sash and bow; I bought this fabric almost 3 years ago in a cute little store in Montmartre in Paris, it was the first “Parisian” fabric I ever bought
- black and gold diagonal stripes silk taffeta for the skirt, collar, and striped sash and bow; this one I bought at Tessuti Raponi in Milan and I never quite knew what to do with it until having the idea to make this dress
- for the entire dress I used a straight stitch for uniting the pieces; the collar is interfaced, so are the neck and arm facings
- all seams are finished with my serger
- the hem is very narrow and also the edge inside is serged
- the dress is pictured in all the photos with a full tulle petticoat underneath for extra-fluffiness and for a more authentic 50s look
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