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Last March was the 9th annual Dancing With Our Stars, my local library’s fundraiser show. The library generously opens up this fundraiser show to other local charities so we can spread the wealth around our community. This year I choreographed a Rumba to “Whatever Lola Wants” for my “Community Star”  Jim Wilkins. Jim represented the Atascadero Historical Society and raised $18,000+! Not bad for a construction business owner who had NEVER dance before. I wanted our number to be a tribute to the 1940s Film Noir, hard-boiled detective genre. This is the second dress I made for this dance number. The first one I blogged about here.

Butterick 6380, a Patterns by Gertie vintage style dress pattern.Whatever Lola 3I wanted a more fluid, flowy dress for the big main stage event. So I chose a beautiful Silk Charmeuse from my stash. I had bought it a couple of years ago from my local fabric store which is closing its doors soon. The owner, a 90 years young lady, is finally retiring. ACK!! This is the last fabric store in the county that had a huge selection of high quality fashion fabrics. Nooooooooooooooooo! Whatever Lola 1Butterick 6380 is a straight forward pattern and fairly easy to sew. It has a very low neckline, but it worked for me as a “Lola” costume. The silk charmeuse was a little tricky  to sew with – so slippery! The dress is fully lined (Bemberg Rayon) because the silk needed some support. I changed the sleeve a bit by adding a shirred/gathered vertical strip, about a two inches long, on the center of the sleeve to make it similar to my favorite vintage style short sleeves.Whatever Lola 2I made my usual FBA adjustment and shortened the midriff pieces by 1/2 inch (1.27cm). I have a short torso. I also doubled the length of the neckline tab strip. Otherwise it pulled the neckline apart so much that my bra straps were exposed and not in an attractive, sexy way. And I changed the back gathers into darts. I didn’t like the pouffiness on either side of the zipper, but that is just a personal preference. Whatever Lola 5This is a funny angle of the final dip, but you can see the Bemberg Rayon lining in the skirt. The lining wrinkled more than the Silk Charmeuse dress fabric. Hmmm.Whatever Lola 6I just loved the opportunity to wear the vintage rhinestone jewelry in my collection. I made a small fascinator hat to match with millinery from suppliers on Etsy. What ever did we do before Etsy!?! There are 15 hair pins anchoring that hat in my hair, otherwise it would have gone flying!Red facinator