Hello dearies! I am so pleased to finally be sharing with you all the dress I wore on my Graduation Day, and the short story behind it. It seems like Graduation was ages ago, and yet only five weeks have past. Thankfully, though, this dress will hopefully serve me well over the next several years, reminding me of that lovely day. Shall we move on to the details?
So, first about the fabric. Over a month before Graduation I received an email from Fabric Mart Fabrics, with a special that they had on some voile. It turned out it was a J. Crew Silk/Cotton voile, and it was only $5 a yard! The original price was more than twice that. Needless to say I knew I had found the perfect fabric for my graduation dress. Mom and Jessica were equally smitten with the material, so we ordered 10 yards which turned into Jessica’s dress which you have seen before, here, this dress that I am wearing in this post, and a dress that Mom is working on for herself.
Some of you may recognize the silhouette, since it is made from Sense & Sensibility’s 1958 Party Dress Pattern, which we have showcased on the blog before here. Since the silhouette of the bodice was so basic, I wanted to add some interest around the neckline. At first I thought I would do a lattice work neckline (like this), but then I thought I could do some fancy rouleau corded insertion (like this). After trying out those methods, but not liking them, I searched around on Pinterest to try and capture a vague image in my mind, when I stumbled upon exactly what I was going for! A ruched neckline! Perfect! Now, there are some flaws, such as, for some odd reason, the ruched neckline pulling up the sleeves a bit, and gaping at the back (which was fixed quite nicely by a cute little bow), but overall I really like the effect of the neckline alteration! Plus it was fairly easy to do!
Just the Details
Pattern: Sense & Sensibility’s 1958 Party Dress Pattern
Any alterations? Yes! I altered the neckline to be a ruched/shirred neckline. Other than that, no.
Fabric: 3 yards of J. Crew Silk/Cotton Voile (no longer available) from Fabric Mart Fabrics.
Notions: One 22″ invisible zipper, self made bias tape, Gutermann Thread.
The inside details: All the seams are either french seamed or overlocked. The waistline is self bound by just turning the bodice seam allowance over the trimmed skirt allowance and sewing it down.
Issues with the fabric? I didn’t have any issues with handling the fabric itself (thank goodness!) It was actually quite nice to work with. The only thing I had to deal with was the fact that, since it is a voile, and somewhat sheer, I needed to make a slip. I used a late 1940’s pattern, and made a cotton batiste slip with fabric from moodfabrics.com. Solved the problem perfectly!
First worn: Graduation day, May 17th, 2014
Wear again? Yes! I already have worn it twice since Graduation day!
Make again? I will definitely make the 1958 Party dress again! Whether or not I make this exact variation, I’m not sure.
I hope you all enjoyed seeing what I wore for Graduation. Oh, and just a quick little blurb about the color of the dress: From books that I have read, I gathered that the traditional garb that a girl would wear for graduation was a white dress with a sash of blue, or the school colors. I knew that I would be wearing a graduation robe (I strongly dislike that shapeless, ugly, polyester thing! Not to mention the hat! Don’t get me started!), but nevertheless underneath I wanted to wear something traditional and classic, that reflected the traditions of eras past. That’s why I went with a blue and white printed dress.
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