Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Carolina Herrera (fabric) Party Dress

It was a stressful week - this dress took hours to make! - but I was able to finish my Carolina Herrera (fabric)  Burda 03/2010 # 104 dress in time for the party Saturday.  I really love it!


The dress is meant to be essentially a pullover - the pattern's closure calls for only a loop and button - so it's supposed to be A-line and rather blousy in the back and middle.  I modified the shape significantly: I inserted back darts (see prior post)

 
 
...and used a 12 inch invisible zipper instead of the loop and button (I had to add a 5/8" seam allowance to the back, and cut the pattern with a back seam), firstly because I didn't want to have to tug the rather delicate fabric over my head, but secondly, I took the bottom in so the skirt is more straight than A-line.  Because this made the dress more fitted, a zipper was definitely required. 

To counteract the still-present blousiness, I hemmed the dress pretty short.  I like the final effect of a less-fitted dress with a sexy short length.

Because I went luxe on the fabric, I had to go budget on the jewelry: the necklace is from one of my favorite accessory stores, Love 21, Forever 21's accessory-only sister store. 



I've bought pieces from that store, all <$10, that garner mad compliments!  Once, a lady at the airport asked if my necklace was from a foreign country.  I had to tell her the truth!

So my version is not as intricate as the dress Carolina Herrera made with this fabric:




But hey, I think mine's allright, too.

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I'm home in western Pennsylvania with my family for the week for Christmas.  Tonight I'm going to try a recipe for "Black Jack Gingerbread" recipe, which I found in my great-grandmother's recipe book that my Mom handed down to me last year. 


My grandmother, who had emigrated to the United States from England in the 1950's, must have brought it back with her at some point, and I'm so lucky to now have it.  It's a hand-written book full of traditional British recipes such as Sussex Potato Cheese Cakes, Christmas Pud, Breton Cake, Saint Catherine's Cakes, along with less-intriguing instructions for Minced Kidneys and Spanish Liver & Bacon (the addition of "tomato sauce" apparently makes it Spanish). 

I found a notation on the back that the recipe is Grammy Senior's recipe, so I think it's my great-great-grandmother's, or her grandmother's.  So cool! 

Then, it's off to the local dive bar for 25 cent wings...

Hoping that you're enjoying the holiday season!

30 comments:

K.Line said...

This is gorgeous! The fabric is so luxe. Happy birthday and holidays to you...

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I would add a sash or a belt... It's so saggy in the front and not very flattering for your figure. Maybe a belt of some sort would help show curves. But then again I have never been one for "tunic" style dresses, I like being able to see where all the curves are :)

gorgeous fabric and a fantastic job on it! It doesn't scream "homemade"

AllisonC said...

Belated happy birthday and congratulations on finishing the dress in time! It's the perfect piece for winter parties and the fabric is gorgeous. (I think since you have your great legs showing that it is very flattering on you!)

Stefanie said...

I absolutely LOVE this!

Cindy said...

Perfect pattern for the gorgeous fabric! Merry Christmas and Happy Belated birthday!

Faye Lewis said...

You picked a very pretty fabric and a very classy pattern. So pretty for the holidays.

Rebecca said...

Nice job on the dress!

MushyWear said...

Happy December Birthday! I'll be celebrating mine this weekend, though I'm about a decade older. Your dress turned out lovely. So glad you were able to finish on time! Enjoy your family time!

Tilly said...

This is gorgeous! I love the fact that it's loose-fitting - very chic. The fabric is stunning. And it will match the gingerbread! So lovely that you have that recipe as a hand-me-down. Happy birthday and happy holidays!

Lisa said...

I honestly LOVE this , the fabric is just beautiful . This style tunic dress is seen in all the shops over here and think it looks great worn short .

Karin said...

Gosh, the fabric in your dress is stunning!

Old family recipes are the best. Black Jack Gingerbread sounds old fashioned, homely and intriguing. If turns out, publish the recipe for us!

Merry Christmas!

Karen in VA said...

Beautiful job using that gorgeous fabric - you look great in it..(ignore stupid anonymous posters)

meli88a said...

Super cute dress!

Kim said...

I love this! I think a simple pattern is the best way to showcase a gorgeous fabric. I love how this tunic pattern has some shape. It looks great on you!

Vanessa said...

Happy belated birthday! Great job on the dress!

Darci said...

Your dress is AMAZING. And so wearable! I just love it.

Sherry said...

Love your new dress! I think the simple design is perfect for this fabric, and love the mod vibe!
Happy belated birthday - wear those skirts short while you can! (I say, enviously...!)

paco peralta said...

Only wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. My best wishes for another year full of happy sewing ...!!!

Nancy K said...

Stunning! You look suitably holiday.

Digs said...

Beautiful dress; short simple frocks made out of WOW fabric are my faves. Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

Carolyn said...

Your dress turned out just beautiful!

Happy Birthday, and a very Merry Christmas to you!

Sheila said...

The dress looks great on you. Happy belated Birthday and Wishing you & yours Happy Holidays & a Beautiful New Year.

Eugenia said...

Fabulous dress - it's very glamorous and flattering. I really love the style and the fabric is beautiful - a designer look at a fraction of the price!
Your grandmother's British recipes sound wonderful - except I think that I would give the Minced Kidneys a miss!

Vintage Girl said...

This is a fantastic color for you, looks great with your skin tone. Nice dress, good job!

Cennetta said...

Lady, You look fabulous. The luxe fabric is a winner. And the design changes made your party dress tastefully chic.

Happy Holidays,
C

JoanneM said...

OMG. IT is to die for. Well done.

Tasia said...

Looks fantastic! The simple silhouette really shows off the fabric. Happy belated birthday and a Happy New Year!

Sophia said...

That fabric is drool-worthy! Good choice in pattern for this fabric. You look great!

amber said...

Beautiful dress - so perfect for holiday festivities. And those recipes are so cool! The handwriting alone is amazing so I can only imagine that the recipes are pretty fabulous as well.

cindyj said...

I made this one, too. But in less expensive and less exciting fabric. I tried to make it very loose but when I showed my sister, she made the "it-not-your-best-look" face. So mine has darts in the front, a swayback adjustment and almost two inches off the side.

I love your version and I really like it short!