This is my first completed garment for 2018, Simplicity pattern 1613, McCall pattern 7686 and McCall pattern 6575.
I purchased this fabulous knit fabric from The Sewing Studio located in Maitland, FL when I was there visiting my sewing sister. I've been to this store twice, they have beautiful fabric. From the pictures the fabric looks like it's velvet.
I was invited to the "2018 Virgin Island Association (VIA) Winter Ball" by two of my girlfriends.
The VIA Ball was a fundraiser to help rebuild the Virgin Islands affected by the devastation caused by the hurricanes. The VIA-DC is a non-profit organization that actively supports the enhancement of culture diversity in the Virgin Islands. Their fundraising efforts are to assist young, college-bound Virgin Islanders with annual scholarships.
Now, on to my dress. Prior to being invited to the 2018 VIA Ball, I had lost my sewing mojo due to the unexpected passing of my mother during the Thanksgiving Holiday. With that being said, to get my sewing mojo back, I knew I wanted to make something that was quick and easy. The first garment that came to mind was an "Off The Shoulder Dress". I've made this dress before to wear to a wedding.
I didn't want it to look the same as before, therefore my creative side surfaced. I decided to put a twist to the dress, I made one sleeve a bell sleeve, the other sleeve I made with a strap across the front of my arm that was 4 inches wide. I wasn't too sure how this was going to look, but I said "what the heck", let me try it. To my surprise it turned out beautifully. I received lots of compliments on my creation.
I really enjoyed the 2018 Virgin Island Winter Ball.