A Formal Affair

  • Have you ever been invited to birthday parties, business events, or weddings that requires formal attire, only to look in your closet and find that you don’t have anything appropriate?
  • Trying to shop for that perfect dress is hard work. So why not make a classy formal garment with the beautiful fabrics available at Sew Much Fabric!
  • Let’s get started! 

Birthday Celebrations

Special milestone birthdays require a celebration!  Use the Plum/Cream/Gold Metallic Brocade and make a dress with a flared skirt to dance and toast the special day.  Pattern: Vogue 1392 

Business Events

You’ll want to look polished and professional at the business conference cocktail party.  A sheath dress in beautiful colors like Chili Red Silk/Wool Suiting or Plum Polyester Mikado will help you break out of the LBD rut! Pattern: Vogue 1182.

Class Reunions

What fun to reconnect with old friends and share fond memories. You will turn heads during the formal dance by mixing a sequin with a solid using Emerald Green Sequin Stretch Mesh and Black Wool Tricotine.  Pattern: Vogue 9148

Wedding Guest

Black/Rose Plum Reversible Floral Taffeta or Black/Swiss Mocha Reversible Floral Taffeta are great choices for weddings that start at 3pm and go into the evening with the reception.  Pattern: Butterick 5983

Wear All White Parties

The most popular parties in the summer are when the dress code requires the guests to wear all white!  A jumpsuit will look chic made with a trending fabric like the Ivory Eyelet. (Sold Out)  Line with Silk Crepe de Chine in White.  Pattern: Burda Style 06/2015 #119C

Remember that you don’t have to make the pattern look exactly like the sketch on the pattern envelope. Use your creativity and make it your own; whether you alter the length, neckline, or design lines.  Happy Sewing! 

Fabric ideas posted by Beverly Gatterson, who teaches fashion design at the Art Institute of Houston.

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