Friday, February 18, 2011

Smithson Gown 2011

This year's Smithson Gala will be on April 9, so I'm already a month behind on getting my gown started. It didn't help that I was sorely lacking in motivation. That is, until I went to my local ASG meeting and asked for input.

Wow! Did I get input! As a result of that meeting, I have at least a starting point. Inspiration came from a Vogue pattern that I just happened to have in my stash:

My aim is to have a two-piece outfit, with a jacket and skirt, and possibly a shell underneath (in case the jacket gets too hot). I love the dramatic collar on this particular pattern (Vogue 2607). And, after asking for some help on the PMB forum, it seems that all this collar is, is a simple rectangle. Think of it as a Nehru collar on steroids.

I'm going to draft a jacket with princess seams (haven't decided on armscye or shoulder), and a peplum. This will be worn over a fuller skirt than is shown in the pattern illustration. I'm also going to make the jacket single-breasted as opposed to zippered. The sleeves will be 3/4 length, too. As for fabric, I'm leaning towards a royal blue tone-on-tone jacquard, but I haven't found one yet. The muslin comes first!

I hope to have a muslin completed by the end of this month, so stay tuned!


  1. Welmoed, I love your ideas, especially the tone on tone royal blue jacquard fabric choice. Depending on the weight of the fabric, I am assuming that you will be adding the fullness at the hemline of the skirt. A gathered skirt in anything but a very lightweight fabric would add inches to my hipline anyway. I do love your ideas and look forward to seeing your completed dress.

  2. ooohhh! This pattern is fantastic! I love the collar! It will look fantastic as a princess seamed jacket and blue-on-blue will be stunning! Can't wait to see it!

  3. Beautiful choice. Very elegant. I would recommend the Princess Panel in PMB as a very flattering line. The combination of shoulder and armscye Princess are great (and not difficult to sew at all). I love that style line.

  4. I agree on the tone on tone royal blue jacquard with your coloring will be fantastic! Looking forward to following the progress!

  5. I think you will look stunning in this pattern. Which museum is hosting this year?


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