I had this dress in part of my planned MMMay13 makes, and I did finish it in May, I just thought I'd wait until I'd actually been to Paris before I wrote it up....aaahhh the memories
We went for a quick weekend trip to clebrate our 10 year anniversary and it was rather lovely. So I'm really glad I now have this dress as a reminder. Anyways enough of the lovely dovey...
There are loads of Paris dresses in sewing blog land and I came across this pale pink version of the Michael Miller fabric in a little shop in Brighton. I love the weightyness of the fabric and thought this colour would be perfect wedding dress material (as in wedding guest!)
I used Simplicity 2444 but when I got to cutting the skirt I realised there wasnt enough width in the fabric. As the pattern of the eiffel towers all need to go in the same direction I couldnt fit the outer corners of the skirt onto the fabric even if I cheted with the fold....eeeek!!
Luckily I have been a fan of Roisin's blog for a while now and I took inspiration from many of her gorgeous dresses having a gathered skirt instead so i went about my diy ways and added my own gathered skirt instead of the one in the pattern. I can't really compare, as I havent made the pattern version yet, but I love this gathered skirt, I also added pockets....all dresses should have pockets!
Overall this was a really easy and quick make. I LOVE the bodice on this pattern. After struggling with the bodice darts on the Peony these were a dream; I'll be using this pattern again. I didn't take any pics of the inside yet but I also managed to french seam it all.
I'm going to be wearing this on Saturday to my lovely friends wedding. I've added the black ribbon belt to take the sheen off the whole "pinkness".
My big decision now is to underskirt or not. It doesnt look too different in this pic but it feels like I'm wearing a cupcake. I've always wanted a dress with a big frilly underskirt but now I've got one I'm getting all shy about wearing it.
To frill or not to frill??