Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy 2008 and the 48 Hour NYE Dress

Happy New Year Beautiful People!!! I hope you rang in the new year with a bang! I went to loft get together in Brooklyn with a few of my closest girlfriends (Honnie is back home in Detroit with his family). That is me on the right with my friend Ta-Leya.

Funny story about the dress...maybe not so funny, lol. I decided last minute to make my NYE dress. I wanted a loose translation of this BCBG silk satin shift dress but I only had 48 hours to get it completed. I was kicking myself the whole time because I knew I couldn't give the garment my full TLC with that limitation. In the end I was pleased with the outcome, but I promised to NEVER rush a project again. Many people have resolved to sew more quality garments in 2008 instead sewing a large quantity and I totally agree.

The pattern was originally dress view A from Simplicity 4045 minus the sleeves. The fabrics used were navy, charcoal and silver silk satin. I cut 2" of contrasting fabric for the straps and the edging around the dress. I added 2 inches to the center front to increase to give a appearance of a shift dress (I didn't cut the dress on the bias). Not quiet what I expected...but hey, it was dark in the party so it worked!




Lastly, I saw this post from the Sewing Divas about vintage needle books. I was delighted to see this post because I love to read stories of seamstresses for a time long ago. I've never heard of needle books until this post and I just couldn't wait to make one. Functional and cute, no? I think I'll make some more!

20 comments :

Erica B. said...

That dress is adorable! I wish you could have given us a full view. I'm sure you had on killah heels!

Happy New Year!

Adrienne said...

Very cute!!!! Happy New Year!!!

Angie R. said...

Love dress esp the three colors u chose!

a little sewing on the side said...

gorgeous dress!
Happy New Year!

Lesalicious said...

OMG you did really good I couldn't tell that it was a last minute thang. Reminds me of Project Runway when they have deadlines to finish there outfits. Great job. LOVE IT. Hope you had fun with your friend bring in the new year. Happy New Year. Oh thanks for the tip:)

latoya said...

your dress is adorable, HNY!

Berry said...

It's a wow 48h party dress. You go girl! Happy New Year!!!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

No one would have known that was a 48-hr dress! You made a great inspired by dress - it really resembles the BCBG Dress but is still your own! Hope you had a wonderful NY's Eve!

Can't wait to see what you make in 2008!

christina said...

That is a *fabulous* dress, I really like your interpretation. You work well under pressure!

Lashell said...

For a dress done in 24 hours it looks great. The colors really come together. I can definitely see the BCBG inspiration with a Cindy twist.lol

gold said...

Girl you look fantastic in that 24 hour dress!!!I love the colors you put together.

Sheila said...

You did a fabulous job on the inspired BCBG dress. Happy New Year.

cidell said...

In 48 hours? You are amazing. This dress is to die for. It's soooo cute!!

Lovely said...

Your dress is WAY better than the piece it was inspired from. Very fab!

laura said...

Really great look.You did an excellent job.I like it better than the original! I think I'm gonna give it shot myself!

Nancy W. said...

This turned out so chic! I, too was inspired by the needle books, but havent made one yet. thanks for the reminder.

Cheryl Wray said...

Your dress is beautiful!!!

I wandered in here from Adrienne's blog (she's a good friend and next door neighbor!), and I trust her good taste! :-)

Off to check out some of your other posts!

Lori said...

Great looking dress, perfect for New Year's Eve.

Cennetta said...

That dress is absolutely daring. Bloomingdale's has nothing on Cindy D. Wishing you a prosperous new year!

Wanda R. Wright said...

That dress is charming! I wish you could have given us a full view. I'm certain you had on killah heels. For a dress done in 24 hours it looks awesome. The hues truly meet up. I think you have made a amazing dress for women. Awesome occupation. Adore it. Trust you played around with your companion get the new year...