Graduation Day Pencil Dress
Added May 24, 2011
I needed something to wear under my academic robes when I graduated with my Graduate Diploma of Applied Science (Library and Information Management) a couple of weeks ago… yes, I’m a librarian- is it obvious? :P.
The dress needed to be fairly plain and close fitting, somewhere between knee length and tea length and not clash with my hood- which was red with a green and blue stripe so a not too little black dress seemed to be the order of the day.
I made this out of stretch cotton sateen which was beautiful to sew with and to wear. The dress is unlined and has facings using the self fabric. I first made a wearable muslin out of the same fabric so I had something to wear if I didn’t manage to finish this version in time.
The red piping was handmade using silk (leftover from the dress I wore to my sister’s wedding). I didn’t have an invisible zipper foot so I made do without (which I shouldn’t have done and I’m ordering one now to go on my new machine).
Aside from that there’s not much to tell. The pattern sewed up like a dream (the instructions were fairly basic but the dress was pretty intuitive so it didn’t matter) and wasn’t difficult to alter to fit properly, the dress was very comfortable to wear and I got quite a few compliments. I think this pattern is very versatile. It would make a fantastic LBD and would be gorgeous in any other colour from brights to neutrals or prints. I think it would be perfect for office wear teamed with a jacket and I also plan on making a lace version soon too.
I made the black velvet pinafore my daughter is wearing in the first photo too. I’ll upload that later when I’ve had a chance to get some better photos of it.
stretch cotton sateen, silk dupion (piping), invisible zipper.