Phew. Finished is a good way for it to be. There were a few more f-words I could have used in that title, but this is a family blog.
It’s a phenomenal dress. Fun. Funky. Fluorescent. Form fitting and floofed out, all in one dress
The coat hanger shots do not do this dress justice, but the internet will have to wait to see Felicity modelling it, she says. The formal is a few weeks away still.
The Burda pattern used was a designer original: BurdaStyle 12/2013 #130. Felicity was inspired by the style but not the colour. She seems to have inherited my love of bold and bright colour.
There were hours of fun, and frustration in the construction. Not in equal proportions.
The outer fabric was too drape-y and thin for this style. I thought I would fix that with organza underlining.
You’re looking at the inside of the outer back bodice, and the neon yellow in the top left corner is part of the inner bodice. White satin bias tape added to the fun of seam and hem finishing
And here’s the inside view of the skirt. I used lime green organza on the skirt. Because I ran out of the shimmering white used on the bodice. And what’s not to love about lime green?
The organza underlining did add more body, but it resulted in every seam puckering like crazy, no matter what I did. That’s why the underling on the skirt became regular lining below the pocket.
Puckering down the back centre seam became a design feature, highlighted by black ribbon on each side, separating at the hem slit.
Don’t say I’m not inventive!
The dress hem was a micro one with white satin bias tape. The dress needed to be kept as long as possible. Ridiculously high platform heels need to be worn!