The Formal Masquerade Dress: Simplicity 8155

We had a work event last week that called for “black tie formal masquerade” and I didn’t have anything to wear.

Pattern used:
Simplicity 4774.

I made this dress in about a week, finishing at the eleventh hour at 1 am the night before the event. I made a bodice of the top and used a dirndl skirt for the bottom since I didn’t want to cut into the lace border pattern. I underlined the silver lace with flesh-colored fabric, and it turned out better than I thought.

I’m fine with a dirndl silhouette, as long as there is a belt to hide all the gathering by the waistband. I plan to make this pattern again, making some modifications to the bodice (which is a little too long) and doing the gathering by machine instead of by hand, so it’s more even.

14 thoughts on “The Formal Masquerade Dress: Simplicity 8155

  1. Thank you! The “belt” is actually one large rectangle of leftover lining fabric. I serged all the edges so it wouldn’t unravel, folded it nicely in a rectangle, and just threw it on. Without the belt the waist area looked poofy and wasn’t very flattering. :/

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  3. This is one of my favorite items you’ve made. The style really suits you. I too love what you’ve done with the belt. Beautiful!

  4. I love your dresses! I am starting a sewing linky party today called Sew & Tell Saturday at my website and I am hoping to get some vintage sewists aboard to post their projects because there aren’t any sewing linky parties to show off vintage creations. I hope you can come over and post a link to your blog today! Thanks so much!
    Justine @ Sew Country Chick

  5. Gorgeous fabric, you picked the perfect pattern to use it at it’s best. You look really beautiful in this dress – that first photograph is lovely

  6. The belt was “self-drafted”. It’s basically a rectangle made with leftover lining. I serged the edges and tacked it on last minute.

  7. That came out very nice..

    Where did you happen to get that pattern?? I have been looking online and have been unsuccessful..

  8. I found it on etsy I think. You can also check ebay.

    I also do a lot of “copying” (as in look at pictures of vintage patterns and then draft the pattern myself), since I already have too many patterns to deal with.

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