Never had my picture taken in front of one of these "red carpet banners" before, so I couldn't resist! It's DH behind the camera, not the press!!! Pattern: McCall's 6505 (Phoebe Couture)
I cut the size 14 (which has been fitting like a glove, but I knew from the flat pattern measurements that it would need to be sized down. The dress has much more of an A-line shape than the illustration/photo shows. I left the sleeves off, and used the outer "lace" pattern pieces as the lining, since my lace wasn't sheer. Alterations: -I took in the side seams 1/2" from the armhole to the waist, then grading out to 1 1/2" at the hem. -I added waist darts to the front piece, because without them this dress just falls slightly away from the body, hanging off the bust. With a slightly heavier fabric and the desire to belt it in the future, I needed a more contoured fit. I used a different sheath pattern from the stash and transferred the markings. I did the "sewing room happy dance" when I pressed and the darts were invisible! (Isn't DH extra handsome in uniform???)
Construction: Very straight forward! I whipped this up between a evening and a morning. I placed the hem at the selvedge, to take advantage of the "just lace" edge. Everything was normal and easy until I had to attach the lining. Since I strayed from the pattern lining and used the outer pieces, I sewed them right sides together all the way around the neck line, trimming, turning, and pressing the finished neckline. I finished the armholes by hand, machine stitching the seam line, clipping and pressing it flat, then hand-stitching the two layers together along the stitched seam line. I love the back, as it has a back "V" that is very pretty. Supplies: I lined it with ivory china silk from Gorgeous Fabrics, as I wanted a natural fiber that was light as air. I used a black invisible zipper, and 1.5 yds (60") of the lace covered wool from Haberman Fabrics. All in all, this dress cost under $50. But, the belt would change that price... I gotta story about that! I went to the Michael Kors Outlet store at the local mall and spent my Christmas money on a fabulous tweed dress that came with this thin black leather belt. It was on the clearance rack, which happened to be 50% off that day... so the dress and belt came to a whopping... $50. I'll show you the dress time, but isn't that a great belt???
The Event: The Pontiac Fire Dept. was holding a funeral... for itself. The city fell into financial crisis, and the governor placed an "Emergency Financial Manager" in charge of correcting the problem. He has dismantled the police department (the county deputies now patrol there), and now has dissolved the fire department. PFD has 180 year history, and fights multiple house fires every day, along with transporting many patients to the hospital. Our friends on the fire department will be now employed by a neighboring community, and last night's event was to honor the legacy of the past and present that made the department a true Brotherhood. As of Tuesday, the PFD will no longer exist, and this was their good-bye. It was sad, it was humbling, and it makes me angry. Detroit is about to fall prey to the same situation, and it's very scary. Just Google it, and see for yourself. DH, along with firefighters from other communities, came to bear witness and honor the department.
So, there you have it. ALL the details! Sorry it was a novel, but thanks for reading to the end! In conclusion, I love this fabric and will get lots of use out of this dress! The pattern needs tweaking, I strongly recommend you muslin it first and make sure it hangs the way you want. Have a great sewing week!!!