Michael Levine Fabrics in LA sent me this amazing silk/rayon velvet to play with. I've wanted a navy velvet dress for ages, so I saw this as my opportunity! My first instinct was to make a sheath-style dress. But then I came across this circle skirt in my closet . . . It coordinated perfectly with the blue velvet!
back in 2011 for an article on circle skirts for Quick Stuff to Sew. (You can download the article for free here.) It had a waist size of a tiny 25", and I finally got up the nerve to cut off part of the top of the skirt to make the waist circumference bigger to fit me. Then I used the top of my recent draped sheath design to make a sweetheart-neckline bodice. I'm really happy that the skirt is getting some use again. It's a lovely tulle with flocked velvet dots, with an iridescent taffeta underlay. That's too much fabulous fabric to go to waste!
After our recent discussion on vintage pattern illustrations vs. reality, I've been interested in revisiting a super-retro silhouette, aided by the proper foundation garments. So I specifically fit this dress to be worn with a corset cincher (from Dark Garden), pointy bra (this Vasarette one has a lot of oomph), and crinoline (I like Malco Modes).
That said, I feel slightly ridiculous wearing a skirt that huge, so I took some pictures without the crinoline too.
I'm trying some new stuff with my hair. My bangs are long enough again to do a psuedo-victory roll.
Thanks to Michael Levine Fabrics for the velvet. And Happy New Year to you all!