Project MyWay #30–Silk Shantung Evening Gown

Steph 9-09Hi! 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…

TTFN!Steph and Jana 9-09