Formal wear McCall’s 3436

The wedding we attended last week was lovely and the bride (my friend’s daughter) was just gorgeous and even though I don’t have any photos of her at this stage, I do have photos of what I wore to the wedding… my first formal outfit and it really was such an easy garment to put together.  The pattern is McCall’s 3436 and I specifically chose this one as I needed something full length to hide my ugly black moon boot and I thought a two piece garment would be easier to fit (I think I was right with that!).

IMG_9163The fabric is what got me… I saw the olive green fabric with a roll of lace next to it and I was sold because the tones of gold, bronze and copper complemented the olive green so beautifully and I just HAD to make something up in this fabric, regardless of price (well, actually, I originally was shown another piece of lace that was priced at about $180/m… ummm, no… I don’t think so!  I didn’t even spend that much on my OWN wedding outfit!).

IMG_9166Look at those colours!  The cost of the olive green crepe was $42/m and the lace was $65/m. Add on a reel of thread, a zipper and some buttons and the dress ended up costing me $250 which at the end of the day is a lot of money but ended up costing the same as what it cost my husband to HIRE a suit for the day (and he doesn’t even get to keep his!!)

IMG_9175Doing the “Couture Dress course” with Susan Khalje taught me an easy way to pattern match and even though it was a bit fiddly doing this with lace, I’m glad i did it.  Once I had the 7 pieces of lace cut out AND the 7 matching pieces of crepe, I hand basted the lace to each respective crepe piece, making them act as one piece and then assembled the panels as normal. I actually made myself 3 muslins before I was happy with the fit of the top but somehow it ended up not quite as fitted at the hips… oh, well.  It was still doable. Where the buttons close, the patterns match perfectly and it’s those little bits of detail that make me smile from ear to ear!

IMG_9168Here you can see the lovely sandal that I wore on my good foot and yes, the skirt was extremely long, but it served the purpose of letting me feel “normal” for a day! :)


And there is the ugly moon boot that I was trying to hide!

IMG_9199In total I bought 4m of the olive crepe which was 150cm (60″) wide so by being careful how I cut out my pattern, I made sure I had a strip wide enough to make up a matching stole in case it got chilly in the evening (and yes, it did!) In this photo you can even see the matching clutch that made as well!

IMG_9174I didn’t line the skirt because I was concerned that it would all get a bit hot (it’s almost summer here) and the weight of the fabric allowed it to fall beautifully but the only photo i had of the perfect fall it had ended up blurry and I really wasn’t sure it would look ok here on my blog.  The inside of the skirt fabric was shiny and it just slid over my body but I did line the top because of the lace, which would have been scratchy against my skin otherwise.

20131124_160602And here you can see a photo of the actual day with my gorgeous husband who certainly scrubs up OK in a suit and tie (note the tie is gold, to complement my dress!)  We had a wonderful afternoon/evening and I even got up on the dance floor with Rick and slow danced to a couple of songs… yep, moon boot and all!

Since the wedding, I’ve had 2 cortisone (steroid) injections in my left foot and the pain seems to be easing… eventually I’ll be able to wean myself off the boot and get back into normal footwear again.  Looking forward to this very, very soon! :)

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Carola x


19 thoughts on “Formal wear McCall’s 3436

  1. Carola that outfit is beautiful and as a green person, it screams “Me!”. Everything is exquisite and may I say, yes, your hubby looks smart and handsome, but your outfit fits better than his! That is what bespoke is all about right?

    • Thank you Jenny – yes, i LOVE green too and my eyes have a way of changing colour dependant on what I’m wearing… if i wear a certain shade of blue, they go blue. If i wear green, they tend to look green! Magical, i tell you!

    • Thank you, Sarah. I also hope to have more occasions where I can wear it!! But it’s a definite keeper and who knows, i may even shorten the skirt once I am back in normal shoes again! :)

  2. You look gorgeous in the outfit and that green OMG is beautiful. I like how you manipulate the lace into the fabric. And you were able to make a little purse too with the fabric, awesome.

    • Awwww thanks Sandra! Yes, it’s quite hot with the boot on in summer (was mid 30s last week and just a tad sweaty!) Hope to be out of it soon. I’ve been watching your sewing too but can’t seem to comment from my phone. Will check it out again later today while I’m on the computer! :)

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