I loved Allyn’s suggestion – using Jamie Christina’s Mission Maxi as the under-dress. It appeals to me on several levels. First, it’s bra-friendly. Second, I’ve made it once, so I already have the FBA and other adjustments. Third, I know how it fits, so all guesswork is taken out of it. Fourth, it’s a whopping two pieces. I’m not making the version with the train – it’s too much of a hassle on the dance floor. Thanks, Allyn!
I decided to make it from Italian Rayon Matte Jersey from Gorgeous Fabrics. BTW, did I mention that we’re having a knits sale this weekend? 20% off. Yeah, it’s all good!
Anyway, to make my life easier, I made full pattern pieces for the front and back. Matte jersey has a wonderful drape, but it does get rather slithery, especially when it’s folded on itself. This takes all that hassle away, and making the pattern pieces from muslin took less than 5 minutes, so it’s well worth it.
The fabric is wide enough so I can lay the pattern pieces next to each other. I’ll cut it out tomorrow on my lunch hour and hopefully have it sewn up this weekend. Wow – that would be a first – actually having my dress done well in advance of the gala. What a concept!