Friday, 30 November 2012

An evening dress for my work Christmas party

I have been thinking about this project for a little while, and tonight I managed to make a start on my  dress for the annual work Christmas party

The party is next Saturday and I don't have a lot of time to make this dress because I am off to Dubai on Monday for work and not back until Thursday night.

About a year ago my dear work colleague and friend decided to buy me a little gift from Dubai, however the kaftan  you see in the photo below, wasn't something that I would really wear in its current form.  So taking a leaf out of Sarah's (of Goodbye Valentino) book, I decided to up-cycle this lovely, very Christmas appropriate embroidered fabric into something I would wear to a party.

Ever since I made the BurdaStyle geometric sheath dress in May for my sister's wedding, I have been thinking it would look lovely in black.  I took those thoughts one step further and decided the panel construction of this dress would lend itself beautifully to inserting some of the lovely gold embroidered fabric.

When I made this dress first time round, I followed the instructions and inserted the zip as instructed, however the black fabric I chose to use in this dress has quite a bit of stretch to it, and I thought I would sew the side and back seams on a stitch length of 6 to see if I could slip the dress on without the benefit of opening the zip.  Yippee it works perfectly so I just need to work out how to line it while creating something that still stretches.

I debated if I should insert a black sleeve or a gold sleeve, but I think I will go with the black sleeve so tune in later to see how that looks.

Of course no girl in her right mind would think about party dresses without giving some thought to the appropriate shoes to wear, and you may recall my beautiful Nina shoes I wore on my birthday at the beginning of the year which will work perfectly with this dress.

I am babysitting my DGD tomorrow while mum and dad move house, so sewing may not be as productive as I would want, but I will to try and finish the dress before I leave for Dubai so I don't have to worry about last minute sewing when I get back.

As normal, catch you later.................



  1. Those shoes were born to be worn with that dress. Wow, you are going to turn every head in the room in that gorgeous outfit!

  2. Wow! I can't wait to see the pictures of you wearing this outfit!

  3. This is a show stopper dress. Can hardly wait to see you wearing it with those shoes.

  4. Looks fantastic already! What a great combination you managed there.

  5. Wow. That's an amazing dress!

  6. I have to agree with all above - WOW!!

  7. A real showstopper, Pauline! What a fantastic use of that gorgeous fabric.

  8. oh wow, there are no words to describe how delightful I think this is!