So my sister-in-law just got married at Disney World, and by some brilliant decision the wedding was "Black Tie" (my mother-in-law did this because a) "If you don't make it black tie people wear awful things" (she said this in reference to our wedding) and b) "For what we're paying...", you get the idea). So needless to say not only did we have to travel 2000 km but I needed a dress to wear to a Black Tie wedding. I first threatened to wear my wedding dress since I didn't own anything suitable for a formal Florida wedding, but I'm a) not that mean, and b) given the snowflakes on the bottom of my wedding dress it wasn't appropriate either. So long story short I opted to make myself a dress suitable for the occasion.
So on to the dress. I decided to make a short dress (I guess cocktail length) so that in theory I can wear it again (although my formal events are few and far between). I also wanted to be able to wear a real bra (ie not strapless), so things started to get a little difficult. Also given that I live in the land of no decent fabric stores, this was a very interesting project.
The pattern: I couldn't find a dress pattern that I liked, so I combined a top and skirt pattern from an old issue of Burda World of Fashion Magazine (from 2004 I believe). I also did my first attempt at doing a large bust adjustment to accommodate my DDs. Fitting this dress proved to be a nightmare, even though i made a mock up of the bodice. But needless to say this dress caused a few panic attacks while I was trying to give it shape (quite literally, I was crying on the floor only hours before the plane took off trying to make this thing presentable). I also think the waistline could have been better, but by the time I realized this I couldn't really do anything about it (I had used this skirt pattern to make a dress in a similar fashion before and it worked so I hadn't given it much thought before cutting). Anyway this is already getting too long...
The Fabric: As a treat, I got silk from the super expensive fabric store here in Ottawa and at $30 and $40 per metre I was terrified of using it. It was okay to work with but i should have thought about finishing my seams as it frays like crazy.
On to the Pictures (what you've been patiently waiting for)
Unfortunately given my spazing out while finishing the dress we didn't get any photos before we left, and the wedding was kind of busy, so the only photos (at this point) are from when we went into the Magic Kingdom after the wedding (which was a lot of fun). It was raining though so even these photos aren't great (sorry).
Full Dress (and don't worry I didn't wear the plaid flip flops to the wedding, my heels just didn't suit for running around in the park)
Up close of the Bodice (I know it's blurry but it's the only one)
If you have any questions please ask, and if there are any tips for further taking the dress in through the waist (that maybe don't include riping out the zipper) I would really appreciate them as sadly after weeks of fitting work it still doesn't fit quite the way I wanted it too.
Thanks for looking.