Verka Dress

Last night, I went to see Verka Serduchka with my husband & his family. It was a lot of fun, even though I didn't really understand anything that was said (my Ukrainian is limited at best). But I love the music, so I still had a great time. I also love Verka's outrageous costumes (you can't go past the mirror ball headpiece complete with giant star), so I thought I'd get a little dressed up.

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So here's what I wore;

What I’m wearing: Dress made by me. Zoe Wittner shoes. Thrifted fur coat. Tom Ford Sunglasses.
Pattern used:
None. Top built off basic stretch top. Skirt draped.
Fabric used: Skirt, black tulle embroidered with black & white sequins. Top, double layered black stretch fabric. Both were from Darn Cheap Fabrics in
Glenhuntly.
Cost: The skirt took 1.5m of fabric & the top another 1.5m. There were no notions other than thread. I cost about $50-60.
What
I like: The idea. I think that was it. Maybe that's a little harsh. There was one thing I quite liked. That was the pleats I built into the
back of the skirt, I also like the way it looks to 'fold over'. I
couldn't make them as clean & crisp as I would've liked but I guess it was my favourite bit of the dress.
What I don’t like: The execution. I really wasn't particularly happy with how this turned out, so here in dot point are my complaints.

  • The back of the top is too narrow (or the open back is too wide). When I drew it I actually thought it might be too wide, but once on it was really narrow. I think this is because I've lost the tension in fabric across my back, and so I needed a lot more fabric.
  • The neckline at the front is too high. I have bigger boobs & so higher necklines can often look a little funny on me. Case in point – this dress. It should be a good inch or two lower.
  • The amount of fabric in the skirt at the front. In order to avoid having to fit a zip to the sequined skirt I stretched the top whilst sewing the skirt onto it to add a little gather. This ended up a little more puffy than expected, so I look a bit frumpy.
  • The clarity of the pleats at the back.

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So I think I've learnt a lot from this project. I should have put a little more time into the planning & considered the loss of fabric stretch when I cut the back out the top. I should've known better about the neck, but I guess that's just one of those things when you make something that you wish would suit you, rather than something that actually suits you. Anyway, enough depressing analysis. Here are some (very blurry photos) from the concert for you to look at & say, what the hell is she on, that's just plain weird.

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Yes he is playing a keytar and yes, IT IS AWESOME. :D

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