It’s not every day a girl gets to go to a GALA.
Like, a legit Gala. At a museum, hosted by one of our local magazines here in Virginia Beach…the kind of magazine that often features artists and designers.
An event like that deserves a unique hand sewn dress. A dress sewn with incredible Marc Jacobs sequin fabric that you have been hoarding since your last trip to Mood in NYC. And of course its own original design.
MAKE THIS LOOK:
Sequin Scoop Back Dress, Mini DIY
I decided to go with a basic dress design, as the fabric is really loud. I wanted it to be able to stand out, and let the fabric be the showcase. That being said, a little skin needed to be shown in order for me to wear the dress, and the dress not to wear me. These photos were taken the day before the event, and after having seen these photos I decided NOT to wear my hair in a pony tail like initially planned.
I self drafted a shift dress with sleeves, but you can find a comparable pattern HERE. The strap across the top back was a last minute addition, as the dress kept falling slightly off my shoulders. My husband and I are dancers, and the dress needed to be super secure. It would have made dancing difficult, so I opted for the upper back strap to ensure that the dress stays put.
MAKE THIS LOOK: Sequin Scoop Back Dress, Mini DIY
- Pattern – self drafted, similar HERE
- Fabric – Marc Jacobs sequin fabric, found in store at Mood NYC
SCOOP BACK DRESS PATTERN ALTERATION:
STEP ONE – Determine how low you want your scoop back to go. (Above your elbow is a safe bet, so you do not get too close to the underwear line.)
STEP TWO – Cut an arc on the back pattern piece from your shoulder seam to the designated length of your scoop back. Sew pattern as indicated, simply using the new back pattern piece assuming the scoop back is the back neckline.
STEP THREE – Try on your dress, and determine if you want the top back strap to secure dress in place. Measure across 2″ down from the shoulder seam, from one side of the dress to the other. Add 1″ for seam allowance. Cut a piece of fabric 2.5″ wide by this measurement.
STEP FOUR – Fold strap in half right sides together, matching up the long outer edge. Pin and sew. Turn fabric using a fabric turner or safety pin. Press (if the fabric allows for ironing).
STEP FIVE – Using a seam ripper, carefully unpick 1″ of the scoop neck seam, 2″ below the shoulder seam along the back neckline. Insert the strap, and sew unpicked seam closed to secure. Repeat for other side.
And you are finished!
While taking these photos I kept saying to myself, OWN IT. I think that will be my mantra at the Gala. OWN IT BABY. You made this awesome dress, now work it like you mean it. Lol.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…