Here I present to you one of the two best things I’ve ever made… and a silk evening gown!
The senior formal is a huge event on a school kid’s calendar, its the big shindig before final exams. There is much ‘pinning’ and ‘Facebooking’ of potential dresses; that all starts in early February! The Princess tried on quite a lot of beautiful gowns, as well as some chinese dross parading as after 5, seriously – #1 son and I could only roll our eyes! Given her very ample bosom, nothing would fit outta the box. So it was with great trepidation I became gownmaker to the Princess.
Here is ‘the chosen one’, her initial inspiration. We had actually bought the fabric before finding this picture – quite odd that its so similar.
Princess said she had 100% faith in my abilities – which is about 98% more than I had! No prior experience with bust cups, underwires and such and only 3 weeks to complete!
- must have bust support
- long dress for the formal, short dress for the ‘after party’
- preferable short lining in dress so that the illusion is of a translucency through to ‘en trend’ mini look
Princess organised her own make-up, hair and shoes, deciding against the Dorito fake tan look – thank all the gods, imagine that coming off on the delicious silk!! But you may notice that false eyelashes have never been so popular since the 70s when my Mum wore them.
Apologies for the crappy photography. Hotel rooms are small and their furniture is big which makes it very difficult to get a clean shot at a gown, we finally resorted to the hotel hallway! That’s Melbourne in the background.
- Over skirt fabric – silk georgette
- main fabric – cotton/silk satin
- lining – bemberg rayon
- structure – french canvas with interfacing both sides and rigilene boning
The long skirt was finished with a rolled hem overlock using rayon thread in the upper looper – not as stress free as I would have expected. Also the french seams in the skirt drove me nuts with stray hairs poking out like a bad bikini wax. I had tried the infamous overlock then enclose, but still got strays for my troubles – any suggestions? I’ve since learned that tiny zig zag and then straight stitch is the way to go, do you have other advice please?All in all the overskirt caused me more trouble than I would have anticipated.
I had quizzed my class mates as to their preferred construction method and they all agreed french canvas was the go. But I’ve never used the stuff before and there was mention of steaming into shape – what the? So I engaged the couture teacher for 2 hours private tuition and she explained the ways of the canvas. I’ll do the same for you in the next post – FOC!!