My 2015 RTW Fast was marked by last minute sewing for special events. I am pleased to say I turned over a new leaf in the final hours of 2015!
Originally I had planned to make Gertie's Bombshell dress for a New Year's Eve wedding in Boston. I allocated Monday-Wednesday of the week between Christmas and New Year's to sew. Since my office was closed for the week, I just assumed that lady-of-leisure-me could get it all done! WRONG. By 3am Wednesday morning, I was only on lesson 9 of 16 of Gertie's Craftsy course (no longer available) and thoroughly enjoying the slow pace and couture techniques.
There was no way I would finish in time for our Thursday train to Boston. So I stepped away from the sewing machine and went "shopping" in my existing wardrobe. Turning up a New Year's appropriate me-made dress from December 2010!
Vogue 1174, a now out of print Cynthia Steffe pattern.
I made Vogue 1174 for my husband's holiday party in London in December 2010. It was a fancy British affair and I can remember being self-conscious about my me-made frock. I haven't worn it since.
The pink and gold fabric is from Winmill in Boston. I cannot remember the details of the dress construction. This is quite an advanced pattern, as it involves boning in the lining and a 15 piece bodice. I worked on the dress over the 2010 Thanksgiving weekend with much needed assistance from my Mom.
For the Boston wedding, I accessorized the dress exactly as I did in 2010. I wore a little leather and gold flower in my hair purchased on the day of the London party at Liberty. I sewed up a matching stole made from the leftover fashion fabric and embellished my shoes with me-made shoe clips using gold organza and a rhinestone center.
Cheers to slow and deliberate sewing in the new year!