picture the scene: atlantic city. march. bleak. cigarette smoke and slot machines.
i felt like i was smuggling something untoward into the building as i carried my 11-lb featherweight in its case out of the car and into the lobby, taking care not to get blown over by the gale-force winds plaguing atlantic city in the WINTER THAT WOULD NOT END.
i mean, i am sure people have carried stranger things into the borgata hotel than a vintage sewing machine and a bag full of fabric, but i was supposedly on a “work trip”. the fact that there was an entire day in between work events – and that my hotel room had cable and, therefore, easy access to the day-long SVU marathon was really just a bonus.
but not really. truth is, i was happy as a a clam, tucked away on the 35th floor, having a mini-break in broad daylight and in the middle of the week, besides, cutting into some buttery black washed silk from trumart discount fabrics as i plotted my black-tie ensemble for a soiree in jersey city some two weeks hence.
all it needed for true decadence was a long, sparkly godet snuck right into its unsuspecting side seams (from simplicity 2212, if you are keeping track at home). a remnant from mood fabrics got the job done easily. i liked this piece because it had sequins and beads but only required an hour or so with the seam ripper to get all of the beads out of the way. and i only broke three needles before i came to that conclusion!
i got this garment done in two sessions – my cutting session on the floor of my hotel room and a semi-frantic saturday. as in, the day of the wedding. as in, i finished the last seam at 3:45 and had to be waiting in my building lobby for a 4:15 pickup. the saltspring took my panic in stride. its easy instructions soothed me: no worries, friend. we will be done with time to spare.
the construction was easy as pie, true story. i used the lining pieces for both the lining and the outer bodice, in order to eliminate the built-in blousing. i interfaced the lining pieces with some lightweight tricot from fashion sewing supply to avoid any opacity issues as well as provide some light structure to the bodice. instead of making the tie straps i used leftover beaded trim from my shortcut chanel, and then stuck an exposed zipper on the back just for fun.
also: gloves. i am bringing them back, people.