Little iridescent silk party dress
So I put together another little dress--this one's little because it's made of scraps of silk dupioni (I used for lining) and iridescent silk chiffon that were left over from the bridesmaid dresses my mom made for my cousin's wedding a couple years ago. I wish I had had just a little more... but, it worked out with some piecing in the midriff band, which is covered up by a little ruching. I ended up making up my own pattern, because I cut out the top from McCall's M5849 but modified, which of course was about 4" too big, as most modern patterns end up, so I added decorative pleats in the center front. Kind of like these dresses:
Silk is so much prettier once you get it all sewn together. But, boy, is it messy to sew on--little threads everywhere, have to pin everything... but, like I said, great when it's done! I also added several tucks at the bottom of the hem since I had enough fabric, and it adds texture and all. Here's the base pattern I basically just used for a jumping off point:
Short, but the iridescent silk is fun. Like I said, depends what I feel like wearing the day of the wedding!