Who says that you can’t wear floral and eyelet fabric in the middle of November? Why not? Here is what I wore to the grand finale of Fashion Week Houston 5…
I loved the idea of mixing the soft floral with the hardness of the leather and zippers of the moto jacket. When I was scanning my stash for fabric to make something for Fashion Houston’s last night, I knew that this fabric was the one!
I purchased this fabric from Michael Levine’s fabric store (HERE) when I attended the Mimi G Sewing and Style Conference in LA. I purchased 4 yards at about $35/yard (although I only used about 3 yards to make this dress). I basted black broadcloth cotton blend fabric to every single piece of the eyelet. Adding the black fabric helped to darken the background of the springy eyelet (and more importantly, it served as my lining fabric).
I used my FAVORITE go-to pattern Vogue pattern V1249 for the bodice of the dress. The pattern is super versatile. I love the sweetheart neckline and the boning that added shape. In addition to boning, I added horsehair canvas to the bodice to give it even more structure.
For the skirt portion, I cut the full width of the fabric and 52″ in length for the panels. The back panels were cut in half on the fold of the fabric. I used a 4″ hem (folded twice…so 8″ total). I also added side seam pockets.
I must confess that I had a bit of a PROJECT RUNWAY “make it work” moment about 5 minutes before I needed to leave the house! The zipper had given me issues ALL day. I had a funny feeling that the zipper was going to be an issue when I put the dress on…and it was! When I sat down to put my shoes on, my zipper split wide open! Fortunately, not because the dress was too tight…but because the zipper shifted as I was pulling it up and got off track. My husband and I struggled with this dress for about 30 minutes and NOTHING! The zipper would not budge.
Finally, I had to make an executive decision to sew myself into the dress. I did not have time to take the zipper out and put a new one in (and execute in a decent fashion). Luckily, the dress had a little wiggle room and I was able to turn it around and work on the zipper. I stitched from the bottom all the way to the top. Uuurrgghhh….the pain… Let’s just say I purchased new thimbles the following day!
Needless to say…I limited my movement down the red carpet…opted out of any restroom breaks…and sat VERY still during the entire show!
My dress and I made it down the RED carpet and back with no peep show or embarrassing moment!
DRESS: DIY (bodice Vogue Pattern V1249) and gathered bottom
JACKET: H&M HERE
My mom had the lovely responsibility of making sure that the snapping sounds that I kept hearing in my head weren’t reality!
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