When I was little, my mom's Wells Fargo holiday parties were the highlight of end of the year festivities. From getting dressed up, to dancing and laughing the night away, those holiday parties with my family helped mold me into the party go-er I am today. Thus, when invited by a dear friend to attend the Greater Los Angeles African American Chamber of Commerce (GLAAACC) Holiday Mixer, I knew I couldn't pass the chance to make a holiday party dress.
Although I wasn’t 100% sure on what I wanted to make, I knew I had to include some of my favorite things: an exposed back and a variation of a wrap skirt. I also wanted to feel fancy and festive without looking completely like Christmas. With all of this in mind, I ended my fabric hunt with 2 yards of champagne white crepe fabric.
To make the bodice I used BCSY's Gaze Lace Top back pattern piece, lowered its neckline and took 8 1/2 inches from the bottom hemline. For the back, I used the same pattern and cut a triangular shape from the corner of the neckline to the center of the back. Designing the bottom half of the dress, I traced my favorite business skirt, extended the hemline 10 inches, and added two darts to the back. On the front, I used the same skirt but only traced 3/4ths of the waistline and curved it down to the bottom.
After attaching all the pieces together I moved on to the finishing touches. If there is one thing sewing has taught me, it is to accept accidents that work! For reasons I still do not know, I changed the top thread on my sewing machine and didn't realize this change until I was almost done hemming my sleeve line. Refusing to freak out, I decided to use the same thread to hem the curve lines on the front of my dress. In the end, the darker thread gave it a small pop of surprise that I actually really loved.
Changes I would’ve made to the dress: Add two inches of width to the back skirt. This would’ve given me more allowance in the front and stopped any stretch lines. Sometimes I forget all the butt I have.