the Socialite dress

When we first got our hands on this delicious, mulberry-colored sateen, we knew it had to be a dress. The only question was, what kind?

Suddenly it became very clear. I (Melinda) have always wanted to make a one-shoulder dress with a huge bow, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  

To spice things up a bit, I made this dress high-waisted and added a quarter-circle panel in one side seam. I also put a small band across the panel to keep it mostly in check. Then I gathered the panel to the band; the result is a very luxurious, gathered detail that bursts forth just above the knee and cascades to the floor.

Iwas so excited about this dress that I set to work immediately. It went together easily, something our dresses don’t always do, and by the end of the day I knew it would be a winner!

Then, Melody suggested adding some bling — after all, Sophistication 2010 is eveningwear! So when we hit the fabric store looking for trim, I realized this would be perfect time to try out the super-sparkly rhinestone trim I’d always wanted to use somehow.

Melody put some across the shoulder bow, then placed three strands dripping off the band at the side seam. Voila! and a dress perfect for a socialite was born!



One thought on “the Socialite dress

  1. This and the Hostess dress are my favorites! The mulberry color of this dress and the strands really exhibit the true colors of Christmas. The one-shoulder bow is fantastic!

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