I wanted to share the dress I made for new years eve with all of you. I was a last minute make, and although I love all the images of the dress around on the interwebs, I am not sure it is something really for me. But still, I present to you today: My Cassiopée dress!
WHAT I MADE
I AM Cassiopée dress from I AM Patterns.
I made a size 42 and I think that’s fine. If I look at my measurements they almost put me in a size 46 (bust 100 cm, waist 85 cm, hip 105 cm). Now I now I am a taller girl then most French ones, but size 46 would be really big on me. So in a previous version that I made before I started this blog I made size 44. That one was still way to big on me, so this time I sized down to a size 42.
Because the dress I made previously was really big, I decided to pick the waistline of the size 38. Still big and flowy, but way better according to my preferences.
Something I also changed was the way the skirt is cut. The pattern makes you cut the front and back separately, which makes you need twice the height of the skirt in length of fabric. You could easily save at least 60 cm’s by just using the width of your fabric for the skirt part. Off course this will make your skirt less fuller then intended, but I thought that was fine (and I didn’t had enough fabric to do otherwise).
I also added a tiny elastic band on the inside of the dress to make the waist come together and then made a separate belt to go on top of the waist seam. I really like how the waistband looks, it gives the dress a bit of a ‘kimono’ vibe if you know what I mean.
For the #sewingtall people out there: I added 5 cm’s to bottom of the bodice so the waistline would hit me at my actual waist after I added the elastic. Without elastic I would say 3,5 cm’s would also have been fine.
Instead of using the neckline facings I used a small bias tape. This was kind of necessary because of the lace I used for the sleeves. To make the stitching stand out less I even used different colours of thread to match the orange and black fabric!
The stretch lace I used comes from De Kniphal in Amsterdam. The orange dotted fabric is from Atelier Brunette but I bought it on a recent trip to London. As the orange fabric is a thin cotton, it’s not as drapey as this dress could use. Something to keep in mind if you select your own fabric for a cassiopee dress.
And a bonus picture of me doing a happy dance