Liz Taylor Holiday Dress

I wanted to go on an adventure and when this pattern fell into my hands I knew I found the perfect way to fill my spare time. First of all I fell in love with what looks to be a very young Liz Taylor on the cover. Then the cut of the design was so flattering and different.

BOY, I did not know what I had in store for my self though. The level of stitches in this dress was way more than the cover implies.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

I started with 2 yards of wide width embossed rose velvet. The pattern called for almost 5 yards, although, I am very short and was able to make the pieces work with much less fabric. First, I took 10 inches off of the skirt of the dress and 2 inches out of each torso piece.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

I made all of my own seam bindings because I wanted the insides to look as pretty as the outside. The facings were bound as well as the ruching that was under the bust sides.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

The back of the dress has a weighted cowl neckline. I have done a few on my own although have never weighed them down. I really hope my dear, sweet husband doesn’t miss what ever this little thing is. It didn’t look so important.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

The front of the dress had an off the shoulder neckline. I really love this neckline. It is great for gals with a small bust. It also had a key hole neckline that I was not so crazy about so I put a bow over it.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

I even binded the waistline for a clean and tidy look.

A few things you may already know about velvet and why it can be tricky. You should never top stitch it. It pushes the pile of the fabric around and can make it look wonky and puckered.\n\nYou need to keep your fabric with the nap when cutting out the pattern layout. Velvet is a piled fabric and will look like a different color when light reflects off it if pieces are not all going the same direction.

Another is you have to have a good fit on your garment or you will see very noticeable pooling of the fabric. Pooling is lines that show up in a garment when something is to tight. It makes waves and wrinkles of what looks like gaping fabric.

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See how the sides have lines going across? That is pooling the fabric because it is tight there. On this shirt that I made I added ruching to the sides to give it that pulling look on purpose because the shirts length was too long.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

There was hours of hand stitching in this dress because you can have no topstitching on velvet. I hand under stitched all of the facings, linings and hems.

Since the front of the skirts hem was on the straight of grain and the back of the shirt was a half circle skirt I used the help of stitch witchery to give me a clean hemline. Then I simply hand stitched for a few hours.

Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh Liz Taylor Dress by Tracy McElfresh

I’m totally pleased with the turn out of this really beautiful and fun design. This is my 4th holiday studying velvet. Here is a few past years velvet dresses.

Tracy McElfresh working with velvet\n\nTracy McElfresh working with velvet\n\nTracy McElfresh Dayton Fashion Week 2012 Photo by Bob Coyle\n\nCheck out the awesome tree Jesy made me for Christmas and handmade snow globe made by my new friend Krista Putman. Thank you for reading and I hope you have a great holiday!

Happy Holidays from Tracy McElfresh

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Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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By | 2017-02-08T00:41:22+00:00 December 25th, 2015|1950s Style Fashion, Formal Wear, Makes of 2015, Uncategorized|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. eimear December 25, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    i have looked at this pattern a lot on etsy – i am fascinated by pauline trigere…………… great to see it made up… i made a cocktail dress last year using a pauline trigere pattern and loved the simple cut which was so so so effective. great to see how the front of the dress looks as i was trying to figure how the fullness of the back went with it……

    • Tracysews December 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I do hope you get make one too.

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