|Go make mommy a martini, shaken not stirred.|
|I need a tall man in a suit to help me walk in these shoes.|
Confession time, I bought Butterick 5814 and never expected to actually sew it. I liked the bodice but thought the drape was odd and anyway a cocktail dress is that last thing I "needed." Then Gillian dared me to make a sexy dress and all of a sudden I'm buying boning and pulling silk out of the stash.
Now that I've made the dress, I Love It. The silk lining feels delicious and waist stays are my new best friend. The Butterick directions on the waist stay was a little vague but gorgeous fabrics explained all my questions. I'd say this pattern was a nice introduction to boning. There are only a few pieces to insert and the only problem I had was my silk lining sliding around. About that drape, it grew on me. I thought it wouldn't be that flattering but instead it looks lovely
Here's a nice close up of the very pretty gathered bodice and the drape. Also my cleavage... your welcome.
Now into photos of the insides of dress. Scandalous!
Waist Stay and inside lining. I used self fabric for both sides of the sleeves but the rest of the lining is black crepe de chine.
Hem. I added a little overlocking to the edge, not couture but that's fine by me.
In addition to the fitting changes I talked about in this post, I took a scant 1/8th off the side seams and about 2" in at the CB waist, which was blended out into nothing over the backside. I needed the full amount of ease across the hips/derriere, but a lot less ease at my sway back.
One last look cause we're having fun.
Black silk crepe de chine lining - Gorgeous fabrics
Stockings - Pretty Polly Cuban Heel Back Seam Tights - Dollhouse Bettie