In our blogseries 'Holiday series with creative suggestions, sewing patterns and fabrics', we have a review for you about a dress by designer BADGLEY MISCHKA, published by Vogue V1605. The dress is not actually a dress, but a shirt and a skirt. The combination is very nice for the, the holidays season. It is also quite easy to sew and the fabrics are affordable.
Vogue V1605 is a design by Badgley Mischka. Badgley Mischka is a designer who makes beautiful gala, bridal and evening wear. This design fits exactly in that list. It is an elegant combination, chic but it can be worn used as a bit more casual as well. By this we mean: if you do not sew the bow permanently to the skirt the skirt is still glamour but a nice evening skirt as well. And the shirt is usuable for any occasion.
And last but not least: the combination is very comfortable because of the use of stretch fabrics.
Fabric and lining recommandations
The recommended fabrics are fabrics with a stretch content of 35%. This means that fabrics such as jersey and velvet are eligible for the shirt. And for the skirt: stretch twill and stretch satin. Note: the skirt lining has to be stretchy as well!
We have used these substances from Driessenstoffen:
Velours de panne - dark blue
Satijnstretch - dark blue
Stretch voering - blue
Cutting & sewing:
Cutting and sewing this sewing pattern requires extra time and attention. Velvet de panne is a fabric that quickly slips under the scissors, which makes it difficult to cut. Make sure you use extra pins and put weights on the fabric.
Also pay attention to the nap of the fabric. Stick to the cutting schedule on the sewing pattern. Sewing Velours de panne is easy to do if you provide special stretch needles for your sewing machine and again: good pins. It would be especially nice if you use a special presser foot for the sewing machine that ensures that the fabric does not slip easily.
The same goes for the stretch satin. It's not an easy fabric to cut and sew, but if you take the time to do it and really use more pins than usual, then it will be fine. As for the bow: reinforce this extra with 2 x interfacing! Or use a sturdy fabric as an intermediate layer. After all, the bow should stand a bit upright and not hang.
Fortunately, sewing the bow is easier than it may seem at first.
We have chosen this sewing pattern because it is a dress (combination shirt and skirt) which you can create easily. The fabrics do not have to be expensive and the dress still has a beautiful festive look.
It is clear that the dress is a beautiful, and a great comfortable alternative to sweatpants or sweater. More suggestions for the 'alternative' holidays will follow.