Added Dec 20, 2009
YEAH FOR THE HOLIDAYS!!!! I made this empire waist dress for my Holiday work party. I always wanted to wear something with velvet and scotty dogs during the holidays.I was inspired by couple dresses from JCrew and Anthropologie. I found this polyester goldish black tafetta with velvet burnout scotty dogs on it on sale..so I thought perfect! I matched it with some gold silk dupioni. It is completely lined, but unfortunately in my area I could not find any gold silk I could use for lining (this was made on a short notice), so I used a light silky polyester to line the bottom part.I added inseam silk pockets (which I can’t live without) and to reinforce the empire waist I added a bias strip of the scotty dog fabric. The bottom of the dress I used a tiny zigzag stitch due to time constraints, but I think it turned out quite fine; maybe a little less thread tension.There is a black/brass zipper with a small purple jingle bell attached to the center of the back. The dress part I tightly gathered with tow rows of stitching and sewed it on to the dress. The silk top/back/ruffles were cut on the bias. I have never worked with silk before. I interfaced the ruffles and the front. I used faux leather for the straps and tied velvet ribbon in a bow to the front. I did not use a pattern for this dress. It is not perfect, but I was proud to wear it. I was going to try to add some plaid, but maybe next dress.
Gold dupioni silk, gold silky polyester, goldish black taffeta with balck burnout velvet scotty dogs, black/brass zipper, black/gold silk thread, some hand stitching, faux leather, black velvet, think interfacing, a purple jingle bell, and Holiday cheer :)
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