Friday, August 6, 2010

Silk Dress - Finale

Here it is, finished and I'm so much happier with it!

Side and Back views...

 Like I said, I am really happy with the final product and will never place gathers above my waist again! I'm not sure if it's worthy of a win for the Natural Fibers Contest at the Expo this year, but it's always fun to walk the runway in your own garment, so I'll enter it anyway.  First prize for each category (cotton, silk, wool, and linen) is $500 gift certificate, yowza!

Here are a couple pics showing the new pattern piece for the skirt on the old skirt piece.

I kept the skirt whole, and folded it along the center front/back.  You can see how the new waistline compares to the old.  At the bottom, where the pattern hangs off the fabric, I just stitched a straight line from the existing seam to the top of the new skirt at the new waist.
Above, you can see my white chalk lines where I adjusted for the raised waistline on the bodice, and also accounted for keeping the border straight at the hem.

Deadline for entering is Tuesday, August 10, so if you're interested, get over to PatternReview and enter!

21 comments:

Amy said...

You're so clever! Great fix and the dress looks terrific!

Big in Japan said...

BRAVO!!

rosemarie said...

This versions is great. I looks fantastic on you.

beangirl said...

I didn't think there was really anything too wrong with it before, but this does look really nice! Good work, girlie. I'm so jealous of your getting to go to Novi. Some day, I will win the lottery.

I guess I have to buy a ticket first, huh?

Debbie Cook said...

Looks great!

Lori said...

Great looking dress.

Jos said...

love your dress!

magdamagda said...

although I saw the previous version, I couldn't imagine it any other way now:)

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is really a pretty dress! You look awesome in it!

gwensews said...

Good save! That dress skims your body perfectly. Very pretty.

AuntieAllyn said...

This looks terrific on you! Good for you for reworking it until you were satisfied with it. It's a winner in my book!

Michelle said...

Great fix! Your dress looks fantastic! I really, really love that fabric. It is fantastic.

Sarah C said...

Ooohh...I love it! The fabric is gorgous! It works really well on you!

KID, MD said...

It looks wonderful, although I'm with beangirl - I liked it before. Of course, the important thing is that YOU feel good in it! But 500 bucks would be nice, too!

Summerset said...

Love it! You've done a fab job of accessorizing it.

marysews said...

What a marvelous revival!

meredithp said...

Excellent dress (although I also liked it before). Wearing your own stuff is fun! Good luck!

Angela said...

Cute dress! I love it paired with your boots!

pcatt said...

Much smoother and very slimming! Congrats for sticking with it.

amber said...

Really lovely. It looks great on you! While I liked the earlier version, I think it's great that you realized it wasn't something you'd enjoy wearing and took pains to fix it instead of letting it languish in your closet. Nice save. :)

amber said...

Oh, I almost forgot - I adore your boots!!