Friday, September 22, 2017

Vacation Dress...


Hi all!  Am I the only one who feels like this year is literally "flying by"?  Things I've been planning have been popping up on me so quickly, I've not had a chance to catch my breath!  One of those planned events was our vacation to Alaska (Cruise)!  We had been planning that for over a year and it came up on be so fast, I didn't have a chance to make a complete vacay wardrobe like I normally do.

However, I was able to complete a few pieces and one of those, I wanted to share here with you!  It was my formal dinner dress.  The thought for this dress has been in my head for several months.  I saw a photo of it and fell in love...
I saved the photo because I knew I was going to make it one day and the cruise dinner was the perfect opportunity!  First the fabric...It's a beautiful stretch velvet in a deep hunter green (such a rich color and feel!).  I purchased it from Mood fabrics and can be found here.

But wait! There was a slight problem...when I placed the order, I noticed the estimated delivery date was past the day I was leaving for vacation, YIKES!!!  I called Mood and was blessed to be connected with the lovely Holly!  She caught my order, emailed me shipping options and helped me get it expedited in a way that saved costs and I received in enough time to complete this dress!  Thank you Ms. Holly you are an angel!  The fabric was so very nice to work with too!
Next the dress...this dress seemed fairly easy to make at first look (at least to me, LOL!). I felt creating it on my own would not be a challenge to kind of "frankenpattern".  I started off with an "off the shoulder" top I already owned.  I traced around it to create the bodice.  For the sleeves, I used pattern McCalls 7542 (View B).  Lengthening the top portion of the sleeve was the only change I made to the sleeve.  Since this fabric is not "double-sided" and the inside of the sleeve flounce shows, I doubled the fabric here. (Making this dress a little heavy!).  (More information on how I made this dress can be found on my YouTube channel [Link in sidebar]).

For the skirt, I used my fav self-drafted pencil skirt pattern for knits.  I cut the front pattern piece "off-center" to add the front slit.  An invisible zipper in the back and elastic around the shoulders completed this lovely look!  I cannot tell you the number of compliments I received on the ship from the time I walked out of my stateroom through dinner!  It truly make love my skill just that much more! (And the hubby was smiling from ear-to-ear!
...and the shoes!!  Can I tell you that I found the perfect shoes on the way to the airport! (That's a whole other story, but sometimes last minute is the best!) As soon as I saw them, I knew they were for me!
Have you ever created something from a photo you saw?  I would love to here your stories!  Also, below is a photo from our most recent vacation to (Seattle and Alaska), a little chilly for my Floridian blood!  However, we had a wonderful time! So happy we had the opportunity to see the Glaciers before they all melt away! (Global warming impacting them!)

HAPPY SEWING!


26 comments:

  1. What a gorgeous dress! You definitely nailed it!! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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    1. Thank you! I do really love this dress! I guess I'm going to have to eat my words about not liking myself and dresses!

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  2. You look stunning! I love the fabric choice of the velvet, it really adds something to the dress. I've recently been trying to recreate a few tops and button up shirts I've seen on my favourite websites, with varying degrees of success.

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    1. Thank you! And good luck to you on your tops! Tops are something we never have enough of of!

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  3. Your vacation dress is perfect! I can see why you got so many compliments while on the ship. It looks like you and your hubby had a great time.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I love this dress so much I wish I could redo the dinner again, just one more time! LOL!

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  4. Beautiful. And I love the pic from your vacation.

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    1. Thank you so much! It's been a while! I hope you are well and have been sewing too! Now that I am caught up with my stuff, I need to get caught up on blog reading too! Miss you all!

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  5. so glamorous, your dress looks fantastic.

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  6. Gorgeous dress! You definitely nailed it.

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  7. I love it when a plan comes together - even if the plan isn't mine. You certainly gave that inspiration real life Myra. What a statement piece!

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    1. Thank you Ms. Faye! I love when that plan works out too! Yes, this is another of my favorite "dresses"!

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  8. Ha ha! I laugh because that dress is one hot number Myra! Very tasteful, elegant, and the color choice, wow! You hit the ball out of the park with this one! As always you look fabulous.....I can see why your husband was smiling from ear to ear. Isn't it nice when our husbands support what we love doing, sewing? A very nice looking couple you are....be blessed and have a wonderful vacation.

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    1. Thank you so much! Yes, it is wonderful to have a husband who supports what you do! (And loves it almost as much as you too-but he doesn't sew! LOL!)

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  9. Myra, I love love love this dress and would totally wear it (if only I was a off the shoulder type or girl!)

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    1. Awww, thank you Judith! I think you would look gorgeous in this stress too! However, I understand about not being comfortable in certain styles for yourself.

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  10. You look fabulous and you did a phenomenal job creating the dress.

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    1. Thank you Ms. Sheila! I need to start sewing more though! I’m getting behind!

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  11. Myra, you look fabulous in this dress! I think you found the magic dress formula that works for you. Plus with your magic sewing skills, it all equals stunning! ๐Ÿ’—

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    1. Thank you so much Andrea! I truly love this dress and hope to be able to wear it again someday soon! It seems that there are not a lot of opportunities to dress up other than on a cruise for me! Maybe that’s a hint to my husband that we need another vacation, LOL!

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  12. What a beautiful dress! I love the color and you did a great job. Yes, the shoes are perfect. And, most importantly, both of you make a beautiful couple!

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    1. Thank you for the kind compliments!

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