DRESSMAKERS BALL MONTH : The Wardrobe Architect’s Scarlett Party Dress

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All this month the Simple Sew Bloggers will be making party dresses to celebrate The Dressmaker’s Ball coming soon on 12th May… 

For the Dressmakers Ball I decided I wanted to make a dress that could be worn again, as I hate putting lots of effort into something for a very specific occasion and then never having a reason to wear it again.
The Scarlett pattern is brilliant because it is a peplum dress – which looks very dressy – that can be made as a top and a pencil skirt. I thought this would allow me to wear the top with trousers for a more casual look, or wear the skirt with a different top for a less formal occasion.
I used this amazing John Kaldor Stretch Marmaris Cotton Sateen in French Navy from Sew Essential [https://www.sewessential.co.uk/john-kaldor-marmaris-stretch-cotton-french-navy]
It was an absolute pleasure to sew with, hardly frayed and pressed much better than I was expecting. On a fitted style like this it is nice to have a fabric with slight stretch as it makes it comfier to sit down or dance!
I have never done a peplum top before and I found the instructions clear and easy for this. The pencil skirt was very easy to sew and came together really quickly. The only tricky bit with this make was the sleeves, as they are double thickness (fully lined) and sandwiched between the bodice and facing. I used the same fabric for the facings so it was quite thick in places and tricky sewing around the curve. There is a sleeveless option which I would recommend if you fancy a speedy make.
I think this is a very versatile top and skirt combination that I will get plenty of wear out of!

Dressmakers Ball info:

Friday 12th May 2017 at The City Rooms, Leicester.


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