Vogue 1206

V1206 sideI made this gown some time ago for a soprano friend of mine for a concert she did, and here’s the first chance I’ve had to blog about it!  My DD1 is modelling as I just couldn’t get a decent picture of it on my friend, so you’ll notice this gown doesn’t quite fit the model perfectly!v1206 front

The fabric is a polyester satin-backed crepe with the loveliest weight and drape.  The bodice is underlined with  silk organza, and the entire dress is lined with bemberg.  Vogue 2607We used the satin side for the midriff and the bodice ruffles for contrast.  I used Vogue 2607  for the skirt as this needed to be a formal performance gown.   It was the perfect skirt pattern for this gown:  it is waistband-less, full length and flared into a small train.  Best of all – I didn’t have to think about fiddling around – I could just cut and fit.  I bagged the hem for a couple of reasons, although it’s not what I wanted to do.  What I really wanted to do, but didn’t have time, was to have a separate petticoat with a hem ruffle under the train to give it that floaty characteristic that’s so amazing to see.  But I had not underlined the skirt, and hemming the crepe by hand or machine would have shown all the stitches and I didn’t want that.  So bagging the hem was the final decision, and it worked well.V 1206 side 2The pattern instructions were quite simple to follow and it went together very easily.  I had no complaints about the pattern, although the front is rather low.  At some point I intend to make the dress up again in the shorter version.  Maybe for DD1, as it’s a very flattering design all around.

Some needlework

Wow.  I can’t believe it’s almost the end of May and I’ve hardly done any sewing… or blogging for that matter.  I just haven’t done much to share with you, dear reader!

I did sew up a gown for a friend of mine who had a concert a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn’t able to get any decent photos, so I haven’t mentioned it.  She’s coming over on Wednesday, and I hope to get photos and write the review later this week.  We used Kay Unger’s design for Vogue 1206 and a french navy satin-backed crepe.  It was very elegant, and I can’t wait to show you the pictures!

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image courtesy of voguepatterns.com

Last week was spent shopping and opera-going with a good friend of mine visiting from Edmonton, so my sewing table was very sadly neglected.  I did manage to finish up the smocking on a dress for DD3, though.

P5230002It’s now blocked and ready for the embroidery, which I will take along with me this coming weekend  on a training course.  Hopefully I’ll get the embroidery finished so I can put the dress together when I get back next week…. when it’s JUNE!

And speaking of June, I’d like to add my little commitment to Me-Made-June ’11.

I, Tia Dia of MezzoCouture, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-June ’11. I endeavour to wear at least one Me-Made item each day for the duration of June 2011.

Voilà!  Now I’d better get sewing and pray for warm weather, since most of my MezzoCouture garments are for warmer-than-we’ve-been-having weather….