When a dear friend of mine invited me to her gorgeous rustic themed wedding I was beyond stoked. I love a good wedding- happy people, lovely moments, delicious noms. It’s pretty much the best thing ever. And for the first time ever I wasn’t freaked out by the whole what to wear scenario. For I am sewasaurus hear me roar! And see me rock it out in the most offensively crazy print to wear to a wedding ever!
My original frock idea for this wedding was a whole retro, full skirted barn dress look but do you think for the life of me I could find a sweet floral that wasn’t set to hideously fugtastic? I scoured eBay for vintage sheets, went to op shops and even spent a full hour in Spotlight looking at every single bolt of fabric they had to no avail. This lady needed a drink…
Salvation came in a moment of desperation when I saw the most hideously offensive print in fuschia, bright orange and black chillaxing in he cotton linen section. Subtle? Nope. Floral? Nada. Red hot eye melting mess? Check! It was love at first look but I had no idea what to do with it. I literally grabbed the bolt, sat on the floor and started googling rad party frocks. As you do. When you have no shame. Like. A. Boss.
Then it came to me- the queen of cocktails dresses is of course Neeno! She owns the circle skirt/fitted bodice cocktail dress look and I knew that this was what this fabric had to become. Small problem: at the register I discovered there was only 2 metres left. Cue the melodrama. Luckily Instagram was to the rescue and less then an hour later the totally epic Jenny had popped by her local Spotto and grabbed me three metres. Lady, you are a champion and please accept my basket of unicorns, kittens and puppies!*
*actual basket of joy is imaginary.
Construction wise this was a pretty easy make – I used the bodice from the Tiki dress and smoothed the cups out a little but otherwise everything was hunky dory. For the skirt I had to take the waist in an inch to match the bodice but I had identified this extra room issue in this with my teal skirt. All in all it took about five hours from cutting to leaving it to hang for the hem to drop. Heck yes!
What I loved about this pattern:
- Seriously? I’ve made this bodice three times now. What is there not to love?
- How easy the skirt and bodice pieces came together. It was ridic easy. Which was great due to the whole lack of time thingy.
- Lapped zippers. My sewing teacher is anti lapped zippers but they always feel super secure on frocks for me.
What I would change for next time:
- I do want to play with the shaping of the boning some more. IT’s quite a smooth line at the moment. Maybe that requires spiral steel?
- Horsehair braid that hem. MOAR FLOOFINESS!
- I’ve got nothing. This baby has been tweaked within an inch of its life.
Vogue 8849 Hack
Pattern: Vogue 8849 (bodice) and self-drafted circle skirt
Fabric: Three metres of cotton linen
Notions: Thread and boning in stash, zip
What can I say? I love this pattern so hard and it seems to be my go to for fancy frock events. Holy monkey hats. I think I have my second tried and true pattern? Do I dare dream this? I mean, the Iris shorts have been it for all these years. Brain wave: V8849 bustier with the sailor shorts version of the Iris? This could be the best thing ever. Let’s drink to that!
PS This is a post written by Past Amanda. I wonder what exciting things have happened now that it is the future. Will I have a bag bursting with Clover products and kimono fabrics? Ohhh, I hope so!