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New Year's Eve: Muted Fancy Frock

Added Jan 7, 2014

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...







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Throughout this hectic holiday season I did manage to sew this dress for a New Year’s Eve party. I tried to sew it the day before the party and ended up failing at the last minute to finish it. When I wore it to the party it was short (knee length) and not at all what I wanted. So I took it home early that morning and literally RIPPED it off and threw it in a clothes pile on the floor. The bodice was still salvageable so the next day I seam ripped the skirt and started over again. This was a lot closer to what I wanted though not completely ideal still. I did learn a lot about what I do want in this dress.

I gathered the waist without flaring the skirt and I think that was a mistake. I think the next time I make this dress I’ll do a combination of both. I’ll flare the skirt and gather the waist a bit. I think the effect will be a tighter waist and fluffier floor hem. I used some sort of polyester chiffon for the skirt. I would have gladly spent the extra money on silk chiffon but I couldn’t find any locally:-( But the material I did use had a very lovely soft, transparent, limp feel to it. Surprising for polyester. I bought it at a discount fabric outlet so it didn’t have any description other than “polyester”. Ugh. I hate that. I would have like to have known how they got it so soft. I made the bodice with matte gold sequins which is why I called it the “Muted” Fancy frock since the sequins don’t sparkle.

Also check out these crazy shoes! I bought them for the party but since I didn’t get to finish the long skirt I never got to wear them. Got them here on Amazon Prime for $22.49. Have any of you ever tried walking in heelless shoes before? I have to say that they are A LOT easier to walk in if you are comparing them to extremely high wedges or stilettos. The reason is because when you walk your heel doesn’t hit the floor too soon causing that “Frankenstein march” that you sometimes get with stilettos or wedges. The walk is more natural….well….as natural as 5.25" inch heels can be. As for balance I would say they weren’t any more treacherous than another crazy high heel. That is to say they were still pretty scary to walk in;-) The straps on these shoes hurt after a while so maybe if you wanted to buy a high heelless shoe I’d go with mary janes instead.

Material Notes

polyester chiffon
matte gold sequins




Garment Type
Bohemian, Beach, Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic
Chiffon, Lace/Sequins

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    Jan 14, 2014, 09.07 PMby Makeda Haberdasheress

    This looks wonderful!

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    Jan 14, 2014, 09.07 PMby Makeda Haberdasheress

    This looks wonderful!

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    Jan 9, 2014, 05.37 AMby Denise Wild

    This dress is stunning! Love the color!

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    Jan 9, 2014, 01.27 AMby jlbunch5

    So beautiful! Very flattering.

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    Jan 8, 2014, 06.02 PMby MojoHollz

    Your vision for this dress must be super fantastical because what you have here is an absolute stunner! I like the subtle color, very classy. I really like the matte sequins too. And the shoes! Yahoo those are really superb! I have never worn heelless shoe before but now I wish I had me a pair of these! Great dress, great styling (love those shoes)!

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    Jan 8, 2014, 05.02 PMby yenny lee

    Lovely :)

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    Jan 8, 2014, 02.27 AMby slmnstyle

    Very nice! I love how you were able to “save” your dress and come out with a beautiful style. Cool shoes too!

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    Jan 8, 2014, 01.34 AMby chillwear


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