Besides spending time with family, one of the many things I love about the holidays is the opportunity to dress up! A new dress was on the list for Ann. Making it now was great timing for Easter. However, Ann is a Mom-On-The-Go. This dress has to be multi-functional for other upcoming events on her calendar as well as wearing it to the office.
Ann’s style aesthetic is Victorian/Edgy/Modern.
I selected a floral print that was not too frou-frou in a classic color palette.
The pattern is Butterick 5455 (OOP).
One of the features is a curved waistband that visually creates a smaller waist for Ann’s rectangular body type.
I always suggest making a mood board.
It’s an awesome way to take a pattern from just OK to Fabulous!
Ann is an extremely creative DIYer (check out her YouTube Channel) and needs no help from me in this area. With inspiration from her mood board, Ann decided to make her own trim. She used prepackaged corded piping and bias tape.
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Ann also made the fringe. Leftover from a previous project, she used a polyester satin that she cut on the straight of grain.
The Muslin Stage
The muslin stage is the perfect time to assess a style and make changes to fit your body type. Ann wanted to try a jewel neckline which looks great as a solid. Ann is not tall so to prevent the print from overpowering her space (skin) was needed between her face and chest. The armhole was cutback 5/8″ to show-off Ann’s toned arms. Finally, the waistband was too wide for Ann so I shortened it by 1” and shaved about ¼” off of the side seam to suggest more curve at the waist.
Ann tried the dress on and saw the fringe was too long and thick (picture on the left) so her husband gave it a “hair cut”!
Ann loves headbands and made one with the leftover fabric.
Blazer for Work Events
Cape for a Formal Event
And as Ann always says “I hope you get inspired to create something EXTRAordinary;)”