Simplicity 3107 – complete and just in time…

18 December 2012

…for our Mad Men Cocktail Party, wohoo!

These photos are a few days after the event, and needs another wash and press – but I hope you get the idea!  Here’s the image from the pattern envelope, as you may know this is the second dress I’ve made with this pattern, the first was the slim skirt with long sleeves in blue crimplene, way back here.  Which, incidentally, is also complete and awaiting a dress up to take more photos…

This dress was quick to make, and is very economical, in that the pattern pieces are mostly long panels which can fit easily into a smallish piece of fabric.  For some reason, once was not enough for me – I both love and hate this pattern!

And I love this dress… I had some major issues, self inflicted, I might add, including a nasty melting when pressing at midnight…  which is hidden by the rather wide cummerbund in black, you can read all about it here, if you really want the gory details.  I find the fit variable, for these photos (and for parties) I wear my two lightweight petticoats which seems to provide the best shape, the fabric I used is some kind of synthetic statin?  At a guess, it has a mat sheen on the right side, and just a touch if stretch, being slightly firm, which works for this fuller skirt.

Please pardon the low riding petticoat!  I have a few technical problems with this dress, I think it is a little long in the waist for me, but I did not have time to adjust it for the weekend, and despite clipping the curves and cautious yet determined pressing, the seems and darts in the back eventually revert to a puffy look.  I’m wondering if it’s the fabric choice that is letting me down here?  Also diverging from the pattern, I made a slight bow at the back of the cummerbund, I intended to attach a longer ribbon (a la Joan’s Christmas present dress) but again, ran short on time..  It may have been slightly over the top too…

Something I’m enjoying lately is creating sweet little finishing details, with this dress I edged all hems with pretty black vintage lace from mum, a little extra work, but I do love it.

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