It's that special time of year again when everyone is preparing for fun party times and the big new year's party. I have been busy putting my new workspace together, but I was itching to make something cute for the upcoming holiday festivities.
For the past few months my time has been busy and very limited. So, with everything else I have going on, I didn't want to spend a whole lot of time sitting at a machine trying to make something complicated or mind blowing. Since, my MIA days, I've found a lot of interesting patterns that kind of fit the quick and easy bill, but McCall's 7160 was the pattern that I chose to make my life a little easier for my "cuteness" this season.
Here's a look at my Holiday Party Dress.
When I saw this pattern, I really didn't have any festive type fabrics that were in the suggested fabrics list (Jerseys, Cotton Knit, Interlock). I studied the pattern and imagined the drape of the suggested fabrics, then realized that the dress would be pretty, yet there would be more drape than I wanted. The line drawing can be misleading if you just go by them (They make you think you will have a full circle skirt with body). For me, there was too much drape in the skirt. I set out to find a piece of fabric that would give me the body look that I wanted for this dress. If you want to know a little more about drape/body take a look at Gertie's New Blog to help explain.
|I added 2" to the back to give a longer look to the back.|
I think it might be a little bias of me, but I love the structure of the vintage dresses. They seem to embody the style and shape of just about any woman. So, I ditched the idea of drape and went for the line drawing look and used a Techno Knit that I had gotten from FabricMart.com. The choice of fabric I used is out of stock, but something along the lines of this look can be achieved with fabric found here, here, or here.