My preferred style of dress has always been a sheath dress. I know a lot of women like skater styles or dresses with full skirts. But I love a sheath dress. And this pattern - Vogue 8872, which is a play off of the ever-so-popular Black Halo Jackie O Dress, is no exception.
My preferred way to wear a sheath dress is close-fitting. Sheath dresses look elegant and slimming, especially when they're form-fitting (not skintight). This is something you must keep in mind when picking fabric. I like fabric with a little bit of stretch for wearing ease. That's why the fabric I chose for mine is this gorgeous Italian peacock blue stretch wool (98% wool, 2% spandex) that I purchased for my Mood Sewing Network garment.
I cut the size 14 because it was already in my stash. I added 3 inches to the length of the skirt. I like for my sheath dress hem to hit at the knee. I had to take in the bodice about an inch or so. It's lined in a white nylon tricot from my stash. So understitching is a very important step to not skip in order to make sure that lining doesn't slip out.
I self-lined the corset-style midriff. Two layers of this fabric gave a secure, Spanx-like fit. I can eat while wearing this dress!
Since the bodice is cut on the bias, it naturally has a beautiful drape. I let it hang on the dressform for a few days and the neckline decided who it wanted to be. I just went with it. I left off the "shoulder wings", they weren't necessary for me. And I also omitted the belt carriers. If I decided I want to wear a belt, I'll just add a thin one at the waist.
And my final alteration that I make to my sheath dresses (and pencil skirts) is to peg in the bottom. My formula is that the hem should be four inches less than the hip point. With a vent opening, it's walkable and the fit is perfect! This dress is perfect for all sorts of occasions. It's subtly sexy in a way that will make men look and women not hate. Perfect for a dinner date or a women's conference and will have a great home in my closet!
And my look is never complete without great makeup...
Celebrity Makeup Artist Rob Scheppy -- think Kim Kardashian's fabulous smokey eye, teamed up with Tini Beauty and created this gorgeous 8 color eye shadow palette. Now, I love makeup and beauty products in general. I'm a certified product junkie, and I've always loved the Kardashian sisters' makeup, so this was a great product that I was sent to review (no compensation, just this beautiful palette).
Matte shades: White Russian - creamy off white; Cinnamon-tini - terra cotta; Pavlova - taupe; Blackout - black
Shimmer shades: Pearl Fizz - pearly white; Rose' Champagne - peachy bronze; Cuba Libre - light cola; Bella Note - charcoal grey
So, today was my first time using this palette. The colors are neutral, beautiful and perfect for my lifestyle. Have you ever purchased a palette with colors that you'd never, EVER wear? I have and this is not one of them. I love that there are matte colors for day and if you want to get snazzy for evening or a special occasion, you can use the shimmer. When I applied it, I used it dry. I used the top row of matte colors to create a smokey eye. The pigment went on pretty lightly, but you can always build the color up by patting on more. I'm assuming if you apply it with a dampened brush, the color will be a lot more intense. This is a great addition to my collection and I'll definitely be putting this to use. I mean, how could I not?