Finished: Navy Blue Silk Taffeta Dress

Hey friends! Happy Saturday! I love this time of year. The sun, the heat, the beach - August is when things get good and hot here in Chicago. People are happy and nice because there's sunshine (no polar vortex or snowpocalpse can keep us down!), and there's so many free things to do! Movies in the park, dancing in the parks, street festivals - Chicago is a great place to be in the summer (*end of shameless plug*).

The Princess Bride! "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya!"
The Princess Bride! "Hello! My name is Inigo Montoya!"

You what else there is to do? Weddings. So. Many. Weddings. For three months this year, I was either in a wedding or attending some wedding-bridal-bachelorette festivity every weekend. I'm really happy for all my friends and family who've gotten hitched this year, but sometimes a girl needs a weekend of Netflix, sweatpants, and ice cream, ya know? My couch and my cat felt sadly neglected.

But one of the nice things about weddings upon weddings upon weddings is that I got to make a lovely dress which was first used as a bridesmaid's dress (been one of those 7 times now, *self-five*) and then re-worn to a friend's wedding two weeks later.

Pensive thoughts.
Pensive thoughts.
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845

This was my first time working with silk taffeta. I was more than slightly terrified to cut into it (and put it through the wash when I wasn't supposed to, oops) but all in all I think it turned out pretty well. The fabric is from Mood, and was a beautiful, rich navy blue. I love the descriptions and pictures on that website. So far, everything I've bought from them has been true to what I read about it online. Yay for consistency!

Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845

The pattern is a super-hacked version of McCall's M5845. I lowered the front neckline by 1 1/2 inches and changed the back to a low scoop. I was originally going to draft a box pleat skirt pattern a la Zooey Deschanel from New Girl to copy this dress:

Totally trying to steal your look, Jess.
Totally trying to steal your look, Jess.

But in the end, I ran out of time and went with a simple gathered skirt. I think it was for the best, as the silk taffeta shows a lot of wrinkles, which are less obvious in a gathered skirt where intentional wrinkles are kind of the point.

Le front.
Le front.
Le close-up
Le close-up

Please excuse that invisible zipper insertion. I have since figured out how to *actually* do it right. Who knew that when tutorials tell you to sew as close as possible to the zipper, they literally mean in that little groove right along the zipper teeth. I know.....just give me a break ok?

Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta M5845

I lined the bodice using this tutorial from Neeno over at SewMeLove. The idea to hack the M5845 was also inspired from her many hacks of that pattern. What, imitation is the highest form of flattery, right??  The cut fits my shoulders well, also I need to tweak the pattern a bit across the upper bust.

Navy Blue Silk Taffeta Pockets
Navy Blue Silk Taffeta Pockets
Love it!
Love it!

I also inserted pockets into the skirt pattern. The fabric is made from an Indonesian batik print that my mom got for me as a present. Woo-hoo! I love the small pop of color.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with how this project turned out. I'm looking forward to re-wearing this one throughout the years, as it's fairly classic and not likely go out of style soon. Enjoy the rest of your beautiful Saturday, friends!

Wheee!!
Wheee!!