Organza is the devil’s cloth

The dress to wear to my friend’s wedding this weekend is finished. And it almost finished me. Silk organza is EVIL… it’s probably made from REAL ORGANS. What a monstertrucker it is to sew, what with the unravelling and the wiggling and the stretching.

It’s the 1963 pattern, McCall’s 7052, with modifications. I just used the double-cowl bodice and then frankensteined skirt pieces from TWO different patterns. That’s metafrankensteining. I wanted a straight skirt at the front and a full one at the back, which means I could be vaguely sleek but still engage in wild, abandoned, drunken dancing (I anticipate it will be that kind of wedding. I hope it will be.) So I have a mullet skirt. Excellent.

I bought the fabric ages ago from Rathdowne Remnants, and lined it in an avocado-green silk you can still pick up for a song at Clear It. (Or, if you run out, and you know Moggy, you can raid her stash on a Sunday night like I did. Thanks, Moggy!) I couldn’t resist the blue roses, which I’m always drawn to for their genetic impossiblity, even though I don’t actually like roses much.  Also, I like the 1960s Readers Digest illustrative style of their rendering. It was before I knew how diabolical organza is and I won’t hurry to sew with it again… it’s just not worth it.

But after all that, I’m quite pleased with the result. Bring on the festivities!

12 thoughts on “Organza is the devil’s cloth

  1. Wow! It’s so pretty – even if it was a pain to sew.

    Isn’t it funny how the trials and tribulations of making a garment can often put us off the finished result for a while! I’ve had that a couple of times now and even though I’ve been pleased with the result, I’m left kind of angry at it because it was such a major PITA!! ;-P

  2. Oh, it’s lovely! Must have pictures of it on you. What color shoes are you wearing?

    By the way, I love those types of skirts. I used to arrange my gathered waistband skirts like that too, by shoving all the volume to the back. It made me feel like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. Have fun at the wedding!

  3. This dress makes me very happy. It’s the most beautiful genetically impossible mullet I ever did see. Can’t wait to twirl around it on satdee!

  4. I just discovered your blog and I am dying of laughter. You write with such a strong voice; it’s a joy to read…which is why I’m reading last September’s post now. Also, organza is made of real organs? You, my friend, are brilliant. It must be true. Nothing else would explain its bad temper.

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