In addition to the boys' suits, I also made myself a little something for the hub's sister's wedding. I thought a fancy dress was in order since the hub and both little ones would be dressed to impress. By the time I was done with the boys' suits, I only had 3 evenings to make my whole dress.
I bought a pattern to use, but I wasn't paying attention when I pulled it from the drawer. I bought the larger sized pattern and by the time I realized it, I didn't have the time to exchange it. So I decided to try one on my own. A risky bet for first dress.
I used champagne colored shantang for the fabric. I made the top part first by cutting rectangles and pleating them. I stacked the pleats at the top so the overall shape would form two triangles. Then I attached the two triangular shapes at the top so they would form a neck strap for a halter top look.
Not so symmetrical here with the pleats at the neck, but it worked well enough.
I included a center sash just below the bustline. This is really the only part that made me nervous. I knew that if the sizing was off even a little that the dress would either be too tight or too loose. During the process, I was sure that I had gone too small (a much harder problem to fix and a predicament I often find myself in for some reason). But when I tried it on, it zipped better than I even expected it to! It's for those seldom moments that I even bother sewing clothes.
My not-so-invisible zipper . . . and a fun tag chosen by my 4-year-old.
I also opted for a "blind" hem. Why is it that my invisible zippers aren't invisible and my blind hems aren't blind? Probably lack of practice . . . and matching thread.
This is the back. Too low for a bra, so I had to go without. It wasn't totally unexpected given the design I chose.
Overall, I am extremely happy with the result. The dress is completely lined, too, which again was a first for me. And it only cost about $40. I really hope I can find another occasion to wear this dress. It looks great with a black cardigan, too (thanks to my sister). Some parts of it may look homesewn, but I think it's a pretty great accomplishment. And it makes me want to sew more.