Next up- a dress for my doctor daughter’s 3oth birthday. The actual birthday is at the end of this month, but because of work commitments, she’s having her ‘do’ on Friday this week. She isn’t planning to wear this dress for the party, but I don’t get up to Leeds to see her very often, and I want to give it to her myself [and check the fit of course!]
Reminder: she sent me this pic… And I found this double faced satin, and BARGAIN black/silver lace at the Fancy Silk Store. She’s chosen the lighter face of the satin. I then rummaged and located Butterick 6016 as a damn good match:
Daughter opted for view A [left hand dress, hi-lo hem] with the V back of view C. Good call. Because of the design inspiration, I’m keeping that CF seam, which everyone else in T’Internet land seems to have omitted…I think it will be emphasised by the glitter, and help with that retro look.
I’m self lining the bodice, and making up the main shell with the lace and satin as one…that’s why I have to line it, the lace will be scritchy!
I’m not lining the skirt, so the dark face of the satin will show [a bit of drama]. I’ll do either French or felled seams. The lace and satin will be made up separately, and just joined at the waist seam…unless I decide to follow pattern instructions and join at hem, then bag out. Hmmmm, what do you think?
This won’t take long [she says] as there are only 4 pattern pieces. Daughter’s measurements [assuming she has managed to use a tape measure properly, not as obvious as you might think] pretty much correspond to the 14. I’ve graded in an extra 1/2″ at the side waist seams, and an inch bodice length above the bust point, as that’s where her measurements differ. I hope.
She is tall, with most of her height in the body, so that’s probably right. It’s already cut out [took about half an hour, fabbo] and now I’m off to baste the lace onto the bodice pieces. Off I go!