Evening gown for a James Bond themed Casino Night, Butterick...
Added May 5, 2014
My husband and I decided to attend a casino night party hosted by our graduate school along with some dear friends. The theme was James Bond. Ladies were encouraged to come as their favorite Bond girl. Mine has always been Ursula Andress (of course, she is Swiss). She is not wearing much in Dr. No but I found a great shot of her at another event in a white Grecian style gown. So 60’s. (see photo) Forced by budget constraints to use what I had on hand (the ticket price wiped out my discretionary funds for a month!) I was unable to achieve the full effect in white. Instead, I chose from the trove a pile of black knit and a vintage style pattern I bought last summer The dress was pretty challenging since I do not normally sew knits with my old Kenmore machine circa 1975. The construction of the dress is unusual with a bra strap like feature that slips through a side opening and fastens underneath the zipped back. (see photo) The pieces that wrap are attached at the sides , criss-cross over the front and tie in the back. I have seen other versions of this dress online in taffeta and think my knit version hangs in a more flattering manner due to the drape. This dress is so comfortable!! I doubt I will ever have the need for a full length gown again so I think I am going to rework it into a shorter cocktail dress to wear with some strappy sandals. Pardon the shades – no time for hair and makeup.
5 yards black knit from the bargain table , Vogue Fabrics, Evanston IL USA @ $1.99 per yard. 2 skirt hook sets