Our company holiday party is at the Westin Copley Place this year, and for the first time in quite a while I need to make something other than sportswear! So after an email consultation with the rest of the Sewing Divas, I’ve settled on Very Easy Vogue 8313:
I’ll do the 3/4 sleeve version. The fabric is a deep garnet silk taffeta brocade with a floral border design on the cross grain (a gift from Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics). The floral pattern (about 18 inches deep) will be along the hem and it thins out to scattered floral motifs. I’ll bead the deep-v neckline front and back as well as the sleeves with jet Swarovski crystals in a picot edge.
Maybe, just maybe, and if I’m careful and lucky with the layout, I’ll have enough fabric to do an appliqué seam at the sides – it would be nice to preserve the floral pattern all the way around the hem. The pattern doesn’t call for a lining, but adding one in black China silk won’t be difficult.
The party is December 14 – it’s time to get going on a muslin!