This was the quickest, ahem, couture dress I've ever made, for several reasons. First, I invested some time in pattern adjustments to accommodate my wider hips. Then, I made a muslin to check the back, which was, as expected gapping. After removing almost 3cm of a gap, I finally cut it in brocade. This brocade was extremely laborious to match: in some areas it was stretched out of shape, and no pressing and pulling and tagging could help. At the end I just cut with generous seam allowances and slip basted all seams from the right side to match lines and patterns (esp. along the center back line), easing some excess with light steam. That was the only trouble, however. I was so happy I managed to do the dress in one go, without consulting any books, without much thinking about techniques, it was truly intoxicating.
Last week I was wearing this dress to an event that required 'smart casual' dress code. Do you have an idea what smart casual is, readers? Apparently, according to Wikipedia sources 'it is is the dress code most open to interpretation and the one least understood'. I even consulted Wikipedia before going, but after reading two paragraphs gave up. I was obviously overdressed for the event, but, on the other hand, nobody had a slightest idea.
The pattern I used is a Burda Matthew Williamson dress #134 from issue 09/2012. I loved the pattern and am playing with an idea of making a blouse in cotton pique using the same pattern and adding, maybe, some draped bands to wrap and tie in a bow at the waist... please remind me of it
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