Sunday, October 26, 2014

title pic A Tiffany Blue Silk Ballgown

Posted by Edelweiss Patterns on November 2, 2012

Last week I showed you a couple of “casual” dresses made from the new 1950s Party Dress Pattern  by Sense & Sensibility Patterns.  This week I want to show you how you can easily make a formal gown from this same pattern by simply lengthening the skirt to the floor!

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I’ve always thought there’s something so dreamy about those 1950s evening gowns with massive pouffs of tulle overskirt ~ they just seem to glide along like a soft pastel cloud of netting.  So when I found out that I was going to be concocting a floor length gown for the 1950s dress pattern model photos, I was quite beside myself!  There were no exact color specifications for this gown, but it had been suggested that I might use Tiffany Blue since no other dress had yet been made in blue for the model photos.

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So off I went to the fabric store, and returned a few hours later with bags full of goodies!

I ended up spending more time on this gown than I did on the casual versions from last week, since I hand applied the lace pieces to the bodice front and shoulders.  In addition, 6 yards of gathered tulle is not an easy thing to work with!  Every time I sew a gown that includes a floor-length, gathered tulle skirt, I always promise myself that I will never work with tulle again.  : )   Of course I always change my mind rather quickly when the next project comes along, but if you have ever sewn a gigantic tulle overskirt into a bodice (sandwiched between the bodice and underskirt), you know exactly what I’m talking about!

evening-gown-tulle-skirt

I must make it brief today since I have some birthday celebrations this evening, so I’ll just finish up with giving the fabric “stats”:

Bodice: Silk Dupioni

Skirt: Stretch Satin with an Overlay of Sparkle Tulle (One of the biggest hints I’ve found when trying to match two formal fabrics is that if you absolutely can’t match a certain shade of silk or satin, don’t worry!  Just overlay a similar color with chiffon, organza, or tulle to come up with a workable option.)

Lace Appliques: Ivory & Silver Chantilly Lace

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And I almost forgot to mention that underneath I wore a vintage 1950s hoopskirt which was found at an estate sale several years ago!  This satin hoopskirt had been worn under a wedding dress in the 1950s, and was presumably never used again.  I thought it gave just the right amount of “pouff” to the skirt, although I was really pleased with the way the gown looked even without any hoopskirt underneath.

1950s-tulle-prom-dress

And in case you didn’t read my rave review from last week about how much I loved working with this pattern, let me reiterate that this 1950s Party Dress Pattern is simply the best!  The bodice was a dream to sew (requiring no fit alterations at all), and the whole design is so versatile that I think it’s an absolute staple for any vintage sewer.

tiffany-blue-evening-gown

Right now I have a mound of fun sewing projects to finish up this weekend, as I’m gearing up for Thanksgiving and Christmas outfits.  I was pretty proud of myself for finishing my first Christmas dress in August this year, and I am greatly looking forward to sharing it here. : )

Until next time, happy sewing!

Katrina

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