Tired and sore feet and a sore head… must have been a fun night! This is what I wore to the Swing Sesh (my swing dancing school) White Christmas Ball! I made a dress & covered a pair of shoes for the event, because a girl always needs a fancy new outfit for a big night out. The pattern was McCalls 5036 from 1959, which I showed you in this post – I made it strapless rather than have a lace netting over the bodice because I couldn’t find a lace that was suitable, but I definitely want to try it again with lace included. The instructions looked really tricky to start with, but in the end I finished this quite quickly – it was the details that took a long time! Lots of pictures after the cut.
This is a close-up of the bodice. My photos are a bit overexposed so you can’t see the detail very well, but this shows all the little silver beaded stars I hand-sewed onto the bodice. I’ve been reading so many books on couture lately that I wanted to bring some of those amazing details into my own work, and even though this is, of course, a very amateur effort it makes me feel like I personalised the Ikea fabric and rendered it a bit more ‘custom-made’. The bodice is also boned, lined, and has 1950’s bra cups sewn into it so that I wouldn’t have to tug it up all night! In addition, I pinched in the neckline to a more sweetheart shape so that it would fit a bit better over my bust. Patterns never fit me right there 😦
Gloves and handbag, both from op-shops. The little beaded bag was $3 – good find!!
My shoes! I made these as an after-thought and got lots of lovely comments on them. Not vintage at all!! They were hideous plastic wedges I bought cheap, and covered with my dress fabric and some trim to match. They are definite limo-to-lobby shoes and not at all for dancing, so I changed later in the evening so I could actually move comfortably, but I am really happy with how they turned out.
I had such a lovely night! Lots of swing dancing to a great big band, and I also got to meet one of my online friends, Andi B. Goode, for the first time! Go look at her dress, it’s a knockout. Why do I never find dresses like that?! Here we are with the boys from Lucky 7, a fantastic local swing band.
Hmmm… what to sew next?