Project MyWay #30–Silk Shantung Evening Gown
November 24, 2009 by Your Devoted Sewist
Hi! I’m back. Sorry for the extended hiatus, these have been difficult times as we lost our dear Mamacita (Oma) a couple of weeks ago.
In the meantime some sewing has been going on, the biggest project was a dress for my daughter who attended a fancy fund raiser last September.
I’ve always had a hard time fitting my #1 daughter, Stephanie. She’s built the opposite of me, boob-y on top and very slim through the hips. I’ve tried all kinds of full bust adjustments with marginal results. She wanted a strapless dress with a princess seamed, fitted bodice and this time I was determined to fit it perfectly.
I turned to the fitting chapter in my good ‘ol Vogue Sewing Book and got by far the best results yet. I made a muslin and fitted it to her and then used the muslin as a pattern and as an underlining. I boned the bodice but was sorry I did–she has more than enough to hold up a well fitted strapless dress and the boning had the effect of flattening her out on top. The boning made it very hard to give the dress a good final pressing.
The results were pretty good and it was a lot of fun to make this dress. I used an old Neue Mode pattern, a basic strapless gown that I had in my stash and took each step carefully and paused several time for fittings (not so easy because Steph is away at college). I used some silk shantung I found on sale; taffeta would have worked a little better, but with the underlining the shantung was okay. I felt like a couturier!
This is Steph in her messy apartment with her sister Jana…