Sunday, March 27, 2011

Simplicity 3503 - The silk jersey gown

Note to self - jersey dresses are totally the way to go for formal events with short sewing deadlines. The fitting is easier, the dresses are more comfortable (at least for me) and if you make it in something as luxe as silk jersey, the drape and movement is just beautiful. Needless to say, I was quite pleased with this gown. :)

After attaching the skirt to the muslin bodice, I realized I had actually mis-judged my size and needed to jump down one. Thankfully, re-tracing the pieces was quick and then it was a breeze to cut out the dress pieces from that beautiful silk jersey and sew it up. I did a self-lining for the upper bodice portion and then used a thick beefy rayon jersey to line the midriff band and the skirt. This made the dress feel nice and stable and provided an extra layer of warmth against the legs - especially nice since we had a real cold spell this weekend in Los Angeles. Aside from lining the skirt, I sewed the dress exactly per the pattern instructions. Such a wonderfully drafted pattern and one that I'm sure to revisit this summer.


My friend Rachael, that owns Charmed Beauty came up and did my hair and make-up. After putting in the time on a great dress, it was well worth it to splurge for professional hair and make-up to boot. She did a fabulous job and I felt so pretty and chic.

The event itself was lovely. The food was delicious, the decor delightful and the whole vibe of the event happy and uplifting. Shaun Robinson from Access Hollywood hosted the auction portion of the event and she was great. I always knew she was pretty, but in person, she is tiny and drop dead gorgeous. Wow.

The California Science Center does some amazing work for our community. The science outreach they do to kids of all ages, but especially minority and lower income students is really fantastic and much needed. As a science nerd myself, anything that fosters a love of science in children gets a huge kudos from me.

Here is one last picture from the night with my cutie pie husband Jim. Such a fun evening!

24 comments:

Nanette said...

Gorgeous! Your dress, your hair, your make-up, your smile, you and your hubsicle! All of it!

And I think that dress pattern will be super cute for some summer dresses, like you mentioned.

Trisha said...

Such a pretty dress! Very sophisticated.

weezermonkey said...

HOTTTTTTTTTT.

Lindsay T said...

Picture perfect! Silk jersey was the way to go, you smart girl. I think I might make this in a jersey print for my 18-year-old daughter, though I think this pattern will look good on almost anyone.

Venus de Hilo said...

What a fabulous dress! And great pics, too.

Vanessa said...

You look radiant!! The blue is a fabulous color on you, and the details on the dress are stunning! It sounds like you had a nice night.

Jemajo said...

Beautiful photo - definitely one for a wall frame!

Susan said...

A gorgeous dress for a gorgeous couple!

Jada said...

Looks beautiful on you! I just love that pattern also.

Yahpee said...

Um, I bow down to your awesomeness. This dress came out bomb dig.

And you looked amazing. :-)

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AllisonC said...

I love your dress, silk jersey is so luxurious and yet so comfortable it's perfect for this kind of dress. The colour looks fantastic on you too, really sophisticated, sounds like you had a brilliant night.

Jessica Love said...

Holy cow you look so awesome! That dress is perfection, and Rach did an awesome job on your hair and makeup. But she had a fab place to start from, since you always look gorg.

YAY

MushyWear said...

You do look beautiful and the dress is drop dead gorgeous!

Eugenia said...

Your dress is totally fabulous, you look so glamorous!!!

Rosie said...

You look fabulous!

Emily said...

It's a gorgeous dress - I can't believe you made it! I love your hair too, I don't think I've seen it that style, and it looks great.

Feminist Gold Digger said...

You two make such a lovely pair!

Winnie said...

Love the dress! Rachel did a fabulous job on your hair and makeup.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

Wow, you look great in this. It is such a pretty color, and the slight sheen of the jersey adds so much. I bet it looks even more stunning in person. Glad you had such a great time! How could you not have in that dress?

Karin said...

You look fantastic! It's a beautiful dress beautifully made. You are still nice and slim too. Nice to have you back sewing. As always it's inspiring, to another sewist triumph with something so gorgeous and wearable!

Handmade said...

Stunning - just stunning!!

wan said...

fantastic - head to toe :)

R said...

Really love the color on you...you did an amazing job! I wish I had your talent.