Friends, January has been a crazy month so far, and the highlight was definitely KITTY GRAND GETTING MARRIED. It was a big deal. And it was in Vegas.
Kitty's dress was very old Hollywood/Vegas, and she looked amazing. She also gave us bridesmaids the leeway to wear any style of black knee length cocktail dress we wanted. Well, of course I wanted to make a dress for the occasion!
After making several wearable muslins of different styles, I decided to go with Butterick 6129. It was classy, off the shoulder, and definitely would go with the jewelry that Kitty had picked out for us.
I chose to make it in a black cotton gabardine, and while it probably wasn't the best fabric for the pattern, I was SUPER comfortable the whole night. Crepe or taffeta (as the pattern calls for) would have worked best, especially in regards to the pleats running the full length of the skirt. I pleated at the waistline, and the eliminated the full skirt pleats as the fabric did not hold a crease well enough.
That said, I was surprised how well the pleats on the arm bands stayed in place. Because the fabric did not hold creases, I was worried the fabric would just fall or go all wonky during the day, but it wasn't an issue! The best part about the arms was the added bit of elastic casing in side. Those arm bands weren't going anywhere.
My only concern about the dress was I ended up cutting 4 inches of fabric out of the center back. My back darts are an inch away from the zipper, and at that point, should I have even bothered putting them in? The rest of the seams hit the mark beautifully, but the muslin (in cotton) and the final (in cotton gabardine), both had this issue. Thoughts, sewists?
Overall, the dress worked perfectly and wore well for many hours on end. Though it was comfortable, I wasn't sorry to take it off at the end of the night before hitting the bars (because strapless bras really are the worst). (Also, I totally wore this tee to the bar. It's my new favorite.)
A fabulous wedding, a gorgeous bride, and many hours of laughter that left me giggling for days. Here's to Kitty and Scooter, and their many years together!