New dress! Well, mostly new--a makeover. So a while ago I made this dress out of this pretty ivory lace and ivory lining, but I cut the circle skirt a little short and I wanted something a little different.
I had quite a few yards of this shimmery silvery sort of stiff sheer fabric, got it for free at a fabric swap a while ago, and I didn't really know what to do with it. It's seriously a weird weight and drape, not good for a bodice, but not as slinky and drapey as the sheer skirt I was imagining... as you can see, I did two layers of it for a simple pleated skirt with the basic Simplicity 1873 bodice.
I actually reeeeeeally tried to do a gathered skirt with it, ran two rows of gathering stitches and everything, but the fabric has so much body and was so wide (more than 60" wide, and I used two panels), it just wouldn't work!! So I gave up and knife-pleated it. It's amazing how much fabric you can fit into a by pleating.
It has some pretty fullness in the back, too.
A happy makeover! I think it'll be great for a winter party--I know the little black dress is a classic, but I like to wear brighter, fresher colors sometimes, so I don't get tired of the practical darks for the colder weather!