26.8.15

SO NICE TO SEW YOU, LIBERTY PEACOCK DRESS

It's raining outside. I thought I'd bring back the sunshine with this sewing post. I made this dress for a summer of two weddings; one near St-Émilion and one in Norfolk. Both weddings happened during a heatwave so I was glad to have found a thin and flowy material, perfect for scorching sunshine and dancing and twirling till the wee hours of the morning.
I love this picture with my two friends. We are perfectly coordinated. A guest at the wedding asked if we worked in Fashion. Hah! 
The peacock fabric by Liberty is called Fat Eighth Caesar A. I'm not sure whether it is still available at the fabric department. Perhaps you can find it somewhere in Goldhawk Road or online. For the paper pattern, I used the same one in my trapeze dress post. There's a slight 60's twist to the cut which worked well with my pastel sandals and golden bib necklace. I like the simplicity of the racer back detail which sculpts the shoulders in a flattering way. As the pattern is straightforward to sew, it took less than a day to complete. 
The staff at Liberty are always very helpful and full of wisdom. If you feel overwhelmed, do ask them for advice as they have a background in textile or sewing. I was advised by a knowledgeable gentleman to look for a bold and large print. Apparently large prints work best for wedding and formal wear. The reason why is that you can be admired from a distance or up-close, so he said. So after draping a dozen of fabrics on me, we picked this one together. Supposedly, it made my skin and hair shine - what a lovely chap! He also mentioned that another great pattern for formal wear to look out for is paisley
The button was a nice final touch. I also found it in the button department at Liberty. They've got a great selection. I like the minimalist and glossy white finish with the little silver embossed tip on the top. It was a perfect way of finishing up the dress. 

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