It's also my first official garment made within The Pledge! My pledge not to buy any new clothes in 2013 only make them.
I wanted to go outside and do something a bit different for photos but 1) my husband has hurt his ankle and I felt bad for making him hobble down two flight's of stairs and 2) it's already getting dark in London (not to mention bloody freezing!) so you're stuck with boring old indoor photos I'm afraid and I had no time to do anything with my hair, moan moan moan!
Okay first up is my attempt at 'modelling' this dress.
Strike a pose. I'll stick to the day job.
So here she is. The peacock pleather! The fabric is a very light woven fabric, has a nice drape to it but frays like a gooden! It's in this lovely paisley print but reminds me of a peacock. The pleather is a lovely soft faux leather, which was surprisingly cooperative to work with!
I drafted the pattern myself. It has princess seams front and back stopping at the yoke line. It's fitted but not too much as I like my dresses to have movement and not be too clingy. It's a straight skirt finishing above the knees.
I lined this dress because I knew the type of fabric would 'stick' to my tights and cause that 'riding up the butt' look. Not good. Now with a nice acetate lining it feels slinky. I left the sleeves un-lined to reduce bulk and sweatage!
My best mannequin pose.
Back view - see my exposed zipper. Love this.
I used an exposed zipper technique for this one as I wanted the chunky zipper look. I am in love with the zipper I found on Ebay. It has a cute little chain and silver ball on it, handy for self zipping! The zipper actually sits on the outside of the fabric with the zipper tape fully exposed. I really like this look and works well with heavier fabrics like the faux leather.
Inside look - all lined and tidy
Several sessions of hemming (main dress and lining then lining to dress)
New dress to wear - yey!
Fabric: Free! From my mother-in-law, thanks Can Mom!
Faux leather: Only 9.99/metre and I hardly used anything so let's say a pound.
So roughly this dress cost me 6.15 pounds (sorry my mac is American and doesn't have pound symbols!) which is pretty good for a custom fitted lined dress if I do say so myself.
Hope you likey!