The dress is made from a peach and ivory brocade from Paron Fabrics--my favorite fabric store--in NYC. I've included a full lining made from cotton muslin. The bodice is supported by boning--10 bones to be exact! At first I thought the brocade would be too heavy for a summer day, but the cotton lining was just the perfect thing to keep the dress comfortable and cool all day.
I started this dress with the pattern, McCall's 5881. It's a simple party dress with clean lines. But as a lover of all things baroque, I just couldn't leave well enough alone. I longed for a ruffle, a sequin, lace, embroidery, oh anything for an ornament! It must have been the Bach fugues spilling from my stereo speakers that set me on a mission to embellish with a fagoted seam, a decorative seam that joins two pieces of fabric together with a space between them and a row of hand stitching.
|Fagoted Seam from Colette Patterns blog|
|Hand-stitched fagoted seam|
Like my bag? You can have one too! This is the Carla Bag, designed and made by me, for my Etsy shop, Style Me Mary. Stop by to see more of my designs.
DJ Mary's Pick:
In keeping with my inclination for ornamentation, I give you the matchless Rostropovich who gives Bach a SPEEDY treatment. When you are given the option to pick up the tempo, please do. Bach and Rostropovich would approve.