So, this is Mikaela's final high school homecoming dance. Final high school homecoming... allow that to sink in.
So for this year's look, she wanted head-to-toe black. She gave me an idea to springboard from: black dress with side cutouts. I knew which pattern I would start off with: New Look 6211 - SUEDESays. I cut the size 4 and graded to the size 6 at the waist. I also used the waistband from this pattern.
For the skirt, I choose a simple a-line design. We wanted to keep the overall look to a "skater dress" style. I picked the skirt from New Look 6243. I cut the size 8, because that's the smallest size offered by this pattern. And it lined up perfectly with the waistband. I shortened it by 3 inches because I thought an above the knee length looked better.
For the fabric, I used the SUEDESays Rosebud lace black from Jo-Ann. I underlined the bodice with a stretch satin so that the sheen of the fabric would show through the lace. The neckline, armholes and cutouts are finished with bias tape. I also used the the stretch satin for the waistband.
I didn't underline the skirt. I wanted the pieces to hang free. For the stretch satin lining, I used horsehair braid in the hem so that the skirt would have fullness. For the lace, I left it unhemmed.
You all should know by now that I have an affinity for exposed metal zippers. And at every given chance, I'll add one!
Mikaela and her date looked adorable!
And also during Spirit Week, there was Toga Day. Now surely you know I wasn't sending her to school draped in a bedsheet.
I used Simplicity 3647. This fabric has a lot of ease, so I cut the XS. I lengthened by 3 inches, because she was still going to school and I had to make sure she was within dress code. My fabric is a lightweight broadcloth. I used a Greek key trim and gold rope to finish the look.
It was really quick sew and a great alternative to a basic toga.