It's my party, and I'll be fan-fucking-fabulous if I want to.
If you follow my Instagram you would have seen this coming. How could you not? This fabric, an Italian stretch cotton from Tessuti, is radioactive in the best possible way. I splurged on it a little over a year ago and have been waiting for the perfect pattern ever since.
My my, what a beauty. I know I've been a bit gushy recently, praising every pattern that's popped up, but I want you to know my affection is genuine. By Hand London's Georgia is easier to make than its tailored shape and multiple pieces would have you believe. That is partly due to a great pattern (well designed, clear instructions, and matching notches), and partly because BHL's designs fit my shape & require minimal, if any, alterations. They just get me, you know?
I cut a US6/UK10 in the bust and a US8/UK12 everywhere else. I took a further 6cm from the bust & ribs, perhaps because of the fabric's stretch, the pattern sizing, or not wearing a bra (probably not the latter as I used my high bust measurement).
For an authentic bombshell fit I could have taken it in all over, but I wanted something to wear to dinner without having to don spanx. Wow, that is the oldest sentence to appear on this blog. Soon I'll be talking about whipping up a pouch for my dentures.
I also tapered in the bottom because I think that's pretty bombshell-a-licious. (See, I'm still young! I'm relevant!)
Suggestions for making your own
- Cut the bodice lining a touch smaller (~⅛" around edges) to help the shell roll & stop the lining from peeking out
- Under stitch the bodice lining (as suggested by sew busy lizzy)
- If you want to go bra-less and are working with a less stable fabric, you could add a layer of wadding to the bodice pieces. For even more structure, add boning
- The centre front of my bodice is a little twisted, even with stay stitching the pieces. Next time I'll add twill tape to help it keep its shape. Although the wadding, if using, might help.
- My straps didn't want to stay pressed so I top stitched them & now I like the look. Also, if you're concerned about the under strap's fabric poking out (say, if you're using the a different fabric), cut them a touch smaller to help the upper fabric roll over (just like the bodice lining).
So there you have it! The bombshell birthday dress. Named because, yes, I wore it to my birthday dinner. It was a day of bushwalking & blue cheese, and then a night of indulging at a ladies only surprise dinner that was so much fun that I woke up sore from smiling. I also woke with a sore head, which is bullshit. If there's one day you should be able to look like a vixen and indulge in champagne and cake without consequence, it's your birthday.
The pattern: By Hand London Georgia
Fabric: Italian stretch cotton from Tessuti - no longer available, but this one would be amazing
Notions: 1 regular zip - lapped. I like them better than invisible zips (what is suggested) and I think it helps the 60s bombshell vibe I was going for
Next time: As I said in the suggestions, I'd like to add wadding and stabilise the bust even though this fabric didn't really require it. I'd also love to try a version with cross over straps and an altered hemline
Worn with: Mimco shoes & champagne induced sass