In June two good friends eloped to Las Vegas. When they returned to L.A. they set about organizing an elegant party to celebrate their wedding. Maybe it’s that two people are starting a new life together, maybe it’s a completely irrational desire for something new to wear to a celebration, but there is something about a wedding that begs for a new frock.
I had dresses I could have worn to the reception, but my colorful dresses weren’t formal enough for the occasion and I still hold to the idea that it’s inappropriate to wear black to a wedding. I knew just what I wanted to wear. I wanted a navy blue strapless cocktail length dress in linen. Now the problem was finding it.
It is not easy for me to find dresses that fit correctly. They’re usually too tight in the hips and too loose at the waist. I’ve pretty much given up looking for fitted dresses at retail. It seemed like the best thing I could do was to find a pattern and sew the dress myself. There was a lull between freelance projects at the time, so I got out the sewing machine and set about finding a pattern, fabric and notions.
I used Simplicity pattern 2212 (You can see it here.) and found the fabric at “Mood” fabrics here in L.A. (If you live in the area and you haven’t been to Mood go check it out! It’s fabulous.) The ensemble consists of a dress and matching belt.
I didn’t take any photos before the actual reception and I was too busy having fun at the party to ask my husband to take some outfit shots. These photos were taken before my Father-in-Law’s birthday party this July.
- Linen Strapless Dress – made by me!
- Scarf – Echo
- Sandals – Donna Karan
- Jacket – Marni
- Earrings – Target
Do you ever become so frustrated by what’s available at retail that you decide to take matters into your own hands and start sewing? Do you share my desire to always wear something new to a wedding?