I came across this old thing when I was cleaning out my wardrobe...
Well truthfully, it is a bit of an old thing, but obviously when I made it I put considerable time and effort into it (OK, I hope that that is obvious anyway :D ) ... plus it is made of the very luxe-est fabrics that were jolly expensive! I haven't even worn it for a couple of years and can count on the fingers of one hand the functions we go to per year that are snazzy enough for it anyway! Also feel like possibly it is a tad too... well... young? for me :(( so sad to have to say that! But I am happy to have moved on sartorially to a more sophisticated style now... but of course I am not tossing the dress out on to the Good Sammy's pile! Banish that thought! Cassie might want to wear it one day. Anyhoo since I haven't put it up here on the blog yet then here it is having its turn.
(Later edit: I should have mentioned that this was made around 7-8 years ago now...)
Dress; partly Burda 8071, overdress of my own design, silk taffeta with embroidered and sequinned net overlay, and lined
Sandals; Sachi, bought from some little boutique in Melbourne
So; the nitty gritty...
The base dress was made using Burda 8071, of creamy/pale-pink silk taffeta. Then an embroidered and sequinned pink net fabric was carefully cut and fitted to be an attached overlay dress. The embroidered and sequinned motifs on the pink net were lined up as to be exactly centred but offset on the front and back of the dress; so, the front has two motifs at the waist, whilst the back has one, and so on. (I can remember this taking quite a bit of careful measuring) The net dress (being sheer) has French seams and is sandwiched between the dress and its lining at the neckline. (the lining is also Burda 8071, with the same silk taffeta bodice and a polyacetate skirt section). The heavily and beautifully embroidered and sequinned border was left just as it is to form the lower edge of the overlay dress.
The bodice facing is part of a full dress lining, meaning the dress has three complete layers... The dress has an invisible zip at the left side seam for closure, and the net overlay dress was hand-stitched inside the zip seam and the dress lining was turned under and slip stitched to the zip tape. All the seams inside are turned inside the layers and there are no raw or seam edges visible inside the dress. The hem of the base dress is hand slip-stitched, and the lining is machine stitched.
Once the dress and the overlay dress were finished; motifs from the remainder of the embroidered and sequinned overlay fabric were carefully snipped and hand-stitched together and to finish the front and back bodice edges. More of the net fabric was fashioned into sheer sleeves (also with French seams) and hand-stitched to the dress straps. These themselves were then covered with more embroidered and sequinned motifs that were also arranged on the skinny straps and hand-stitched in place to hide it as much as possible.