This dress was made with a large thank you to my sewing idol, Lauren from Lladybird. If anyone out there is not currently stalking her blog as I do, you should. Lauren made a knockout By Hand London Anna dress with fabric from her local area (Nashville) that I loveeddd! She was kind enough to help me purchase a few yards of it myself so I could be a copycat. 🙂
Ladies and gentlemen..sparkly, fuzzy leaves!! It’s pretty great. Lauren’s best conclusion, which I would agree with, is that this is a silk organza. It is sheer with a nice amount of body to it. I know people tend to barf over the color combination of black and brown, but I can really dig it sometimes. I wanted to play up the combo in this fabric, so I actually used a brown satin for my underlay, but..you can’t really tell. I added the brown ribbon around the waist so that I didn’t feel too defeated.
I didn’t add loops at the waistline for the belt (mistake) and I didn’t really want to tack to ribbon directly to the dress. This unfortunately results in me fiddling with the ribbon constantly to keep it in place (and looking kind of like a monkey). Example..
Not cute. When I wore this out to a party recently, I ended up taking the ribbon off mid-way through the night. Oh well. Anyways, this dress is made from Simplicity 1606. I had already made the pattern once as a homecoming dress for my boyfriend’s niece. I like the pattern, but Simplicity’s whole “Amazing Fit” line nonsense is whack. All of the side seams are meant to be sewn with an inch seam allowance so that I could “perfect the fit”, but that just seemed really unnecessary and not helpful to me. Plus, I kept forgetting about these larger seam allowances and sewing at 5/8ths and then getting irrationally annoyed. So if you sew this pattern, perhaps brace yourself to annoyed by stupid instructions (at least in my opinion).
I added a little bit of length to the bodice and hacked ~4 inches or so off the hem. The pattern only calls for a lined bodice, but I lined the entire dress with Bemberg rayon. I inserted the zipper in the back by hand and decided to add some beaded detailing. I’d never done this before, but I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. I love special detailing, especially in fancy dresses.
Check out that sparkle, guys.
And one more picture of me looking really dumb..
And Mr. Puff’s final look of approval before posting.