Can I make a Party Dress in Two Days?

It’s Mr Sewaholic’s office Christmas Party tomorrow! And I realized earlier this week that I had absolutely nothing to wear.

Now I know what you’re thinking – I’ve made lots of dresses this year, surely that can’t be true? Yes, I’ve made lots of summery dresses, but nothing winter-party appropriate. And the one purchased dress I have that could pass as holiday party wear, I wore last year and it’s pretty distinct.

I’ve worn this dress to a wedding as well, with some of the same people in attendance. I’ve even worn it to a few of Mr Sewaholic’s birthday celebrations. I definitely can’t wear it again tonight! (Plus, isn’t it the worst when you wear something you didn’t make when everyone knows you sew? All night long people ask if you made it, and you have to admit you didn’t!)

And I can’t just go buy a dress. Nothing ever fits me properly off-the-rack. Either it fits in the bust and is way too snug across the hips and thighs, or the bust is sagging and the shoulders don’t fit if I pick the size that fits in the hips. And for the price I want to pay, I’m looking at cheapo stores, full of polyestery or glittery goodness, either boring and conservative, or too trashy for my liking. I’ve always had troubles buying holiday party dresses and outfits, usually resorting to a skirt and a nice top at the last minute!

So the plan was to stop by Fabricana and pick up some black fabric. Little Black Dress, to the rescue! I was going to make Simplicity 3965 again, taking a short break from the men’s shirt project and make a TNT (tried ‘n’ true) dress.

It’s not the perfect solution, as I’d love to whip up something completely new! But I know it will work. It fits well, it’s got a full swishy party skirt, and I am certain I’ll wear it again (and again and again!) It would be a great wardrobe piece, not a one-time party look. Just change the accessories and shoes and it’s a whole new look!

Speaking of shoes – here’s what I’m thinking:

Par-tay pumps! Shiny heels and lots of bling.

Anyhow.. I went to Fabricana and couldn’t find the right black fabric. I wanted wool but they were all too suit-y, I looked at silk but they were all too shiny, and I didn’t want sweaty polyester. And then… this gorgeous, gorgeous tealy blue silk called out to me! (The photo doesn’t do it justice – it’s a beautiful, rich, iridescent color!)

I swear, it called out to me across the room! I wanted this fabric over two years ago, when I was considering making my bridesmaid dress for a friend’s wedding. It had to be a black dress, and I remember poking through the silk dupioni looking for black, and lusting after this vibrant teal instead! If the fabric’s still there after two years, it’s meant to be.

I picked out darker teal lining, turquoise grosgrain ribbon, and lime-green lace trim for the lining. Isn’t it the most fun colour combination of sea-greens and blues? I love it!! I feel so much more pumped about this than a basic-black dress.

And the total cost? Under $100. For a pure silk, custom-fitted dress? Yes please! There’s no way I could do as well shopping in stores.

I started cutting already, and have just under two days to sew up this dress in time for Saturday night’s party. (Good thing I’ve made this pattern before and know it fits.) Wish me luck!

PS. In case you missed it, check out my interview with The Cupcake Goddess! She and I had a chat about the pattern business, my creative process and my hopes and dreams for the future!

PPS. Have you stopped by The Blue Gardenia recently? Denise is having an awesome giveaway, be sure to enter! I definitely did. A vintage dress pattern, teal fabric, and red lipstick to complete the look? Sounds absolutely perfect! Hurry, the giveaway ends today!

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32 Responses to Can I make a Party Dress in Two Days?

  1. kelli December 3, 2010 at 6:18 am #

    if anyone can do it you can. i can’t wait to see it. and i LOVE the shoes.

  2. Jill/laughbutnotloudly December 3, 2010 at 6:30 am #

    I love the teal with the lime green lace. Can’t wait to see your dress! You can never go wrong with a swishy party skirt!

  3. Katy Rose December 3, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    I don’t have to do the mad rush of making a dress this year. I’m gonna miss it! I definitely hear you on the people asking if you made stuff and having to to say no…I feel soo guilty! I can’t wait ti see it!

  4. Suzie December 3, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Sew Tasia, Sew! You can probably do that dress with your eyes shut now so I’m sure you’ll make it in time. And I cannot WAIT to see the finished result – that Teal fabric is so gorgeous!!!!!

  5. picnicfan December 3, 2010 at 7:16 am #

    Tasia, the fabric is really beautiful – one of my favourite colours! Looking forward to seeing your new dress – I’m sure you’ll have it ready in time. I’ve also got beautiful silk fabrics which I bought in Turkey and would like to make dresses with them but I’m rather afraid to start them – maybe I should try out the patterns I have in mind in a cheaper material first.

  6. maranda December 3, 2010 at 7:19 am #

    that color combo IS fantastic! you can do it!!

  7. Elizabeth December 3, 2010 at 7:27 am #

    Gorgeous fabric. I’m so glad you’re going for color rather than the ubiquitous black. Can’t wait to see it!

  8. sallyann December 3, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    Simply outstanding fabric. The Real Simple magazine had an article quite a while ago indicating that teal was a color that flatters evreyone. I know just what you mean about polyester! And you know the pattern fits, so why not. Even if we didn’t sew, for many of us, nothing ever fits off the rack.

  9. TM December 3, 2010 at 7:46 am #

    Shut up – those shoes are so amazing! I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. And it’s funny, I’ve been reworking an 80’s dress into a holiday events top and it’s nearly the exact colour as the fabric you chose. Ohh, and have a blast!

  10. indigorchid December 3, 2010 at 7:57 am #

    I can’t wait to see the dress all made up – I’m sure it will be gorgeous! And I love the teal-limegreen combination as well. For the longest time I had pillows in those exact colors (and I *loved* having them around and seeing those colors all the time). Then I moved. I miss them. Oh, and the shoes are kick-ass!

  11. amber December 3, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    You know, I made a cocktail dress in that color scheme (also silk dupioni) for a wedding earlier this year. It’s such a gorgeous color and is perfect for the holidays. I have total faith that you’ll get it all sewn up in time. Happy (fast) sewing! :)

  12. Becky December 3, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    I love that color! Blue and green are constantly fighting for dominance as my favorite color, and teal is a very happy compromise between the two. So I’ve found myself gravitating towards it a lot in the last year or so in my fabric purchases. Also, I’m pretty sure that particular shade of teal is the same one I used for my senior prom dress (which I sewed.)

    Good luck with the deadline! I hope you make it!

  13. Clare December 3, 2010 at 8:40 am #

    gorgeous colour – I’m sure you can make the dress in good time!

  14. lap December 3, 2010 at 9:02 am #

    I love that you picked a darker shade for the lining! I feel like it makes it more of a winter party frock that way too. Needless to say I love the chartreuse lace trim choice as well. I don’t know if you like jazz standards, but there’s a beautiful song popularized by June Christy that popped right into my head when I looked at your lovely fabric lying there. You’ll like it too, it’s the same style as the dress pattern.

  15. Dei December 3, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    You can do it! I know you’ll turn out a gorgeous dress in that enviable color.

  16. Lois December 3, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Looks great. I wouldn’t be able to get it made on time. But you probably can. I love the color. I don’t understand why black is so popular. Can you imagine going to a party and EVERYONE there had on a black dress? The visual image boggles the mind.

  17. Angela December 3, 2010 at 12:31 pm #

    Those shoes look amazing and that dress is going to be gorgeous on you!

  18. Haylee December 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    I have absolutely no doubt that you’ll be able to do it. You’re amazing!
    Cute picture by the way. Finally I get to see what Mr. Sewaholic looks like!

  19. Stephanie December 3, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

    You can do it! You can do it! You can do it! Can’t wait to see the finished dress!

  20. anita johnston December 3, 2010 at 2:14 pm #

    Of course you can do it. You have the plan in place, the pattern and gorgeous fabric. Of course you can. I can’t wait to see it.

  21. Tanit-Isis December 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    That will be gorgeous!

    I’m selfishly hoping you’ll do the cowl-backed version this time. I really want to see it. :)

  22. K-Line December 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I cannot wait to see this when it’s finished!

  23. Rachel December 3, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

    Fantastic colour! You can definitely do it – and you’ll look gorgeous!

  24. Louise December 3, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Lovely, lovely. Do the ladies wear a fascinator or head decoration at these parties? Bracelets? I look forward to seeing some photos of you at the event.

  25. daiyami December 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm #

    If the fabric’s still there after two years, it’s meant to be.

    Totally agree. And love the teal-and-lime combo as well, super festive.

    Down with the LBD. I don’t like wearing black anyhow, but Oregon is gray and dreary and blah and so I REALLY hate wearing and seeing just black.

  26. Renay December 3, 2010 at 4:06 pm #

    I can’t wait to see this one!!!

  27. Corinne December 3, 2010 at 5:20 pm #

    Well of course you can do it! It will be stunning!

  28. Marybeth December 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    What GORGEOUS colors! I can’t wait to see the dress all finished!

  29. Shannon December 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm #

    I think that color will look smashing on you. And yes you can do it in time!!!

  30. Sherry December 3, 2010 at 11:04 pm #

    Of course you can do it!
    And I can’t wait to see it too!
    Great choice to avoid polyester – silk takes half the time to sew anyway because it is so lovely and well-behaved!

  31. Alessa December 9, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Such a beautiful fabric! Can’t wait to see the finished dress!


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