Sewing Projects 2: The “Socialite” Dress


This post was originally written for, and posted at, The Sew Weekly. Theme: Made This Look
The Facts
Fabric:
Clip-dot chiffon from Fabric.com’s Christmas sale ~$2, black “Silky Satin” ~$3 and black chiffon ~$3 from Jo-anns
Pattern: Butterick 5450 and the shoulders and bust of this free pattern from Hot Patterns
Year: 2007
Notions: 14″ zipper ~$2
Time to complete: ~20 hours (2 seasons of Big Bang Theory, 4 episodes of Star Trek: TNG)
First worn: For the pics, but I plan to wear it at a fancy work event next week
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$12

When Mena first posted this MTL I thought it was a cute dress, and then I noticed the fabric she suggested and almost died! I bought two clip-dot chiffon tops from H&M in 2010 and wear at least one of them every week, and this fabric matches them almost exactly (the clipped threads are slightly more shiny). I bought a lot of yardage not knowing what I was going to do with it. When this theme challenge came up I knew I had to use a little bit and actually make this dress (who couldn’t use another LBD?) I still have enough clip-dot fabric left over to make at least a skirt and blouse.

It was super hard to capture the detail in the photos so here’s a boring hanger-shot. I think it’s a good imitation of the original. Getting the chiffon overlay and main dress to properly sit together with the zipper was a little difficult. There is some puckering around the zip but probably no one will notice except me. Other than that it fits like a dream so that always makes me feel good. I’ll definitely get some use out of this dress.

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About EBS

Museum curator, nerd, chronic watcher of TV show marathons, married to a soccer hooligan, vegetarian, obsessive sewer.
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