For the non-Australian readership (maybe even non-Victorian), Oaks day is the third day in the Melbourne Cup Spring Racing Carnival, traditionally known as 'ladies day'. This year it's the 152nd Melbourne Cup Carnival, and its a big enough deal that all Victorian's get a public holiday on the day of the 'race that stops a nation'. Or something like that.
Horse racing might be the main attraction for some, but for those like myself, it's all about the people watching. There's a dress code, the fashions on the field contest and lets not forget - the varying grades of celebrities on display, from A grade:
|Dita Von Teese, photo care of the today network|
Drool. Oh how I wish she was coming back again this year! ....And right down to the 'why are you even famous?' grade, of which I'm not even going to deign to show a photo of.
Keeping in mind that this is a 'work' function (so no extensive displays of décolletage or hems shorter than that which I'd normally wear to work), I've got a copycat of Erica B's yellow mellow dress in mind...
Although I'm still on the fence as to whether to go sleeve-less or sleeve-more. I will be using (from my stash) a blue-toned blood red silk/cotton voile overlayed with a white geometric lace, appropriately named 'racy lacey'!
I'm planning to have the lace on the outside as a dress in itself, 'lined' with the voile which will imply the sweetheart neckline (which I've discovered I like on me a lot more than I thought I would... maybe I should try the macaron dress after all?), so a few pattern changes will be required. It also needs a vent, otherwise stairs will be impossible to navigate.
But before I'd even got the toile underway I'd already come across a snag. This McCalls pattern has cup sizes, which you think would be a good thing. They have you measure your full bust, then upper bust, and the difference between the two dictates your cup size according to the pattern. This indicated I would be an A/B cup - a measurement I don't think I've ever been! I decided to go ahead with it though, and it was pretty much spot on. I think then that the term 'cup sizes' is a little misleading? I'd be really curious to hear from others who have sewn patterns with cup sizes.
I still have to take out some excess fabric at the arm, but this is a standard alteration for me these days. It's been a while since I've posted a muslin photo, so in the interests of keepin' it real - my super glamorous (and inside-out) grainy toile photo indicates it still needs some work done.
Damn you, low-light conditions. Thank goodness we now have some daylight in the evening hours to look forward too!