I know, I know. You all think I swan around like a Vogue/Steven Meisel photo shoot, lighting candles, patting my childrens’ heads indulgently, tangoing in the ballroom with my husband and directing the activities of the minions who keep my gorgeous life on its well-oiled tracks. And of course, wearing fabulosities like the Pippa Gala Dress on a regular basis.
In truth, if I did any WIWT posts, they would all look the same: jeans, boots, knit top. Done! My wardrobe is only interesting on special occasions.
Where was I going with this? Oh yeah. A special occasion is coming up – Christmas! Alas, I’m not singing these days, but I still want something nice to wear. And since I lurve my Pippa dress, I decided to make another one! Here’s the specifics:
Pattern Description: Same as the last time
Sizing: Same as the last time
Fabric Used: Malandrino Wool Jersey in Burgundy. Can you believe it? I actually got to sew with a fabric that isn’t sold out!
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 75/11 needle. Thread. Pro-Tricot Deluxe Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply. Beads from the leftover lace in my Gala Pippa Dress
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? The StyleArc Pippa only comes in the formal length, so not entirely. But aside from the length, yes.
Construction Notes: With Phyllis‘ help, I cut this down to knee length. I kept all the fitting adjustments from the first Pippa, and I took a little out of the hip. I used the original one-piece cap sleeve instead of my self-drafted two-piece. Since I was using a jersey instead of a woven, I basted the CB seam to see if I could skip the zip. The answer? Yes! So I sewed the entire back seam closed. I didn’t line this version. Instead, I used the neckline stay pattern pieces to draft facings. I turned the under-arm seams in and stitched them down.
As I was trying the dress on, and trying it on Shelley, I realized that it needed a little something at the neckline. I didn’t want much embellishment, but a little to draw the eye. So I tacked beads at 1-inch intervals to the neckline.
Likes/Dislikes: I love that this pattern works equally well for a very formal gown as for a dressy dress. I love the lines. I love the fit. I’ll get tons of wear out of this. When I’m not wearing jeans, boots and knit tops, that is.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I did make it again, and yes, yes, yes!
Conclusion: Love. It. I can’t recommend StyleArc’s Pippa heartily enough. Here are full length shots of the front and back.
It’s worth noting here that this dress works beautifully in jersey. It’s fitted enough that you can use knits. Check the fit by basting first, but my experience was great.