In a few weeks I will be attending the Air Force ball with my husband. This is a formal event, and I knew that I wanted to make my dress. When I saw a tester call for the Kristen dress from Designer Stitch, I knew I had found the perfect pattern, and I already had some cute heels that would go great with it! This was my first pattern test for Designer Stitch, and I loved everything about it. The designer, Ann, is so knowledgeable about all things sewing and she was so helpful to all the testers as we worked to get the perfect fit for the bodice. This dress has a fitted bodice with an invisible zipper. I love that sewing allows each of us to get the perfect fit for our own body.
The pattern has a sleeveless option as well as two sleeve lengths. Originally I had planned on using the beautiful flowy sleeves, however once I had my bodice put together, I decided that this dress was meant to be sleeveless.
I used a crepe back satin fabric, which can be a little difficult to sew with. I don’t think I have ever sewn so slowly, but it was so worth it in the end. I chose to use the wrong side of the fabric to accent the details. Using the matte finish for the ruffles and belt adds some contrast to the shiny satin side that I used for the rest of the dress.
My Kristen dress is definitely a more formal version, however with a different fabric this can be a much more casual dress. The other testers made so many beautiful dresses, I kept thinking each one I saw was my favorite!
Recommendations: Take your time and go slowly if you are using a satin or slippery fabric. Consider using an accent for the ruffles and belt, I used the wrong side of my fabric on these details.
Fabric: Crepe back Satin from Jo-Ann Fabrics
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