Starry Night Date Night Dress
Pattern: Date Night Dress
Fabric: Starry Night cotton voile, Miss Matabi – no longer available
Notions: self made bias tape
This dress is most definitely not the Yaletown I’d originally planned to make.
I started on my blue floral Yaletown top right after purchasing and downloading the pattern with the hopes of perfecting the fit before getting started with a version using my precious Japanese yellow voile. I got discouraged part way through and decided to abandon (for a moment) the plan.
I moved on, worked on other things but still needed a pretty dress to wear in Puerto Vallarta. I bought some pretty aqua chambray and pulled the Date Night Dress pattern out of my stash. I bought the pattern awhile back when Pink Chalk Fabrics was selling off all its inventory. Its a beautiful dress but the fabric was heavier and less drapey – more of a casual dress than one for a fancy affair. I considered using some coupons to treat myself to some luxurious silk dupioni but I nixed that idea after figuring out that a dress made of that would not fare well in a suitcase from Seattle to Puerto Vallarta.
The pattern worked up quickly – it took me less than a day to cut out the pieces and sew everything together. The only change I made was to grade up to an XL in the hips. I got started on the slip since the voile was pretty sheer, but I spent a lot of time trying to puzzle out the bias tape straps and in the end the clock ran out. I ended up pairing the dress with a burgundy slip from my closet and although I didn’t love the look of that slip underneath, so I’ll be finishing up the white one someday.
My favorite part of the dress are the sleeves. They are flared and floaty and so pretty.