yesterday, I'll be attending a wedding later this month, and besides the standard logistics of lodging and travel, I am very focused on what I will wear. Thinking about what to wear is really the most fun part of planning, especially when one can sew anything she dreams up! For the last month or so, I've been shuffling through my fabric and pattern stash trying to find the perfect match. Just take a look at those amazing patterns in the photo above. I would love to try all of them, given time and the perfect fabric match. But, I only have a few weeks left, and one event to attend so I narrowed the options down to three fabric/pattern combos and I think I've chosen a favorite.As I mentioned
My third favorite option is Vogue V1327 made with tan double-knit that has gold floral pattern on top. The pattern is designed for wovens but I figured out a way to make it with knit. I've actually already made this one and will share it tomorrow. I'm thinking of this as my backup dress. You know, the one you pack in your suitcase just in case you change your mind or some disaster happens to your other dress.
Option number two uses a vintage silk I've had in my stash for about eight years and Simplicity 1652. I love this fabric and have been saving it, waiting for just the right pattern. Such a special fabric needs to be paired with a classic design and I think Simplicity 1652 fits the bill.
This match is number one on my list and I really hope it turns out as amazing as I imagine it will be. I purchased this amazing, textured bird print fabric from The Fabric Store last year. With such a detailed print, I was looking for a simple design that still had interesting details. I looked at a lot of RTW black and white printed dresses for inspiration (just scroll through my pinterest for a big section of black and white). When I saw this pattern, I felt like a lightbulb went off. I had found the one! The dress will be fitted and flattering but the full skirt will be comfortable and fun to dance in. Plus, I can easily wear a bra with this design (very key to my decision making :).
The design of Vogue V8901 is a very basic shape but there are no side seams. The sides overlap each other. With 2 yards of fabric I think I'll have just enough to make View A. I'm planning to make a muslin before cutting into this fabric. I've cut out the pattern and pinned it together to body test the fit. The shoulders might be too wide for me and I need to take a closer look before cutting out my muslin. The wedding is at the end of the month so I really need to get going on this one! Fingers crossed it turns out! Do you have any summer sewing plans? What do you wear when going to a wedding?