I have really great girlfriends. They are the kind of friends you'd hope to have by your side if you are ever find your self in the middle of the desert....in fact I did find myself in the middle of a desert ........in Vegas Baby!!! We just went there for my friend's birthday and had a blast. As always I wasn't content with selection of party clothes in my local stores so decided to whip up a new number for the birthday partying.
I am utterly smitten by the opaque/sheer trend. It's a simple concept with endless possibilities. Since there is a fine line between tacky|chic|trashy I'm in awe when elegant pieces show up on the runway with well balanced design. Personally, I love when the design is a bit edgy like Preen's Fall 09 collection- not that I could wear this anywhere. However, I would love to work more palatable pieces in my wardrobe for everyday wear like the Valentino piece.
I test ran the look on my party dress by creating an off shoulder sheer dress worn over a full length black slip. I used stretch mesh from Spandex House and loose interpretation of the BWOF 103-02-2007 to complete the look. Sorry I didn't get a good frontal shot but here is the other side. The sleeve was set-in and all of the seams were sewn with short and compact zig-zag stitches (small satin stitch). I left the dress and seam hem unfinished but finished the neckline with a 1/2 inch folded hem. As for the seam allowances, I trimmed them to an even 1/4 inch with a rotary cuter and left them unfinished as well. As you can imagine it didn't take very long to complete and I was please with the results. Now I just have to convince myself to focus on completing a new look before I get distracted with another project. (My attention span has been crap lately and my once empty UFO pile is increasing :-( )