My sister has a school formal event coming up, and she has asked me to make her a dress! I'm pretty excited about it, and this is the first time I've made a garment for someone else. It's a little nerve wracking, but it's going well so far!
The theme of the event is "Midnight in Morocco," so it's totally up my design alley! My sister also loves a lot of 1960s silhouettes, so I knew a winner would be to combine the decade with Morocco for a unique vintage-intercultural fusion.
I drew out a few ideas, and--happily--my sister chose the fanciest, most detailed one that I liked the best! (It's so much better to make garments you really believe in!) We went to Joann and found all of the materials shown above, and I've gotten to work! One muslin, one not-quite-right fashion fabric bodice and one just-right fashion fabric bodice and it's moving right along! I'm currently in the stage of hand sewing the embellishments onto the front, and I'm getting more and more excited to finish it and see my sister rock it in a week or so!
Traditional Clothing of Morocco, the caftan:
I'm so inspired by the beautiful embellishments, vertical lines, luxurious fabrics and chunky belts!
Here are the two patterns I considered to use as the base that I then altered for the design I made. I'm not going to tell you which one I went with so it's a surprise at the reveal!
By the way, does anyone else have a sad, water-stained ironing board cover like I do?! Hopefully there will be an upcoming post on making one of those, 'cuz I need to make myself a new one!