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    The Dressmaker’s Ball Simplicity 1606

    A bit later than planned I wanted to share some pics from The Dressmaker’s Ball!

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

    In case you missed it this was the event that took place on May 14th at Leicester’s City Rooms. Organised by the fab team at Crafty Sew and Sew we were treated to an evening of dinner and dancing. It was fab!! Here’s me and Sarah, one half of the organising team.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

     We had a complimentary drink in arrival, access to a glittery photo booth, buffet dinner and live music from Gabby Young. I had the honour of being part of the judging panel for the optional competition. I was joined by ElisalexMarieElle and Becky on the panel. It was incredibly hard picking winners from all the amazing garments on display. I loved how everyone dressed to the nines for the night.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

    I wore a version of Simplicity 1606, an amazing fit pattern I picked up last year. Its a great little versatile pattern and I’ve already made a hundred from it since the ball.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball

    My fabric was a medium-weight polyester satin in a sort of crystallized print from Abakhan Moyston. 3m came to about £20 but with a 15% off voucher this dress pretty much came to £17!

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Of couse I added pockets. I used a concealed zip and boning from my stash. Plus grosgrain ribbon I had as a waist stay.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    The fit was near perfect I think but I should have added more boning to stop the bodice sagging I think. The waist stay keeps it in place but it’s not as rigid as it could be.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    I actually hid my waist stay inside the garment, having it emerge through buttonholes added to the lining before construction. To finish I hand sewed hot pink braid to the circle skirt to keep the drama and added a petticoat for extra floofiness.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    It was such a lovely night and I got to chat to so many sewists! Gabby entertained us with her gorgeous vocals and Marie was an excellent hostess! (I even got to meet Charlotte and the bunnies).

    I’ll leave you with a few more pics of the evening to enjoy. Maybe I’ll see you there if it’s repeated next year? Thanks so much to Freya and Sarah for xreati g this wonderful event.

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606

    Almond Rock Dressmaker's ball simplicity 1606