I know, it's so so so so late, but better late than never!
This is the first dress that I patterned completely from scratch, completely of my own design! I started with a bodice sloper and altered it to fit me and then added the design details.
Here's the cutting process:
And a hella artsy preview picture for Instagram:
I kept really good notes for myself on the envelope for this project. I'd done it all from scratch and I don't trust my memory to be my only reference.
The final product!
This fabric is a crinkled, silver taffeta from Britex Fabrics. It was surprisingly affordable considering where I bought it, and the crinkles meant there was a little bit of stretch in it.
The asymmetrical neckline on this dress was a major design point and was drafted several times before I settled on the perfect shape. It was a little tricky to cut out and position on the fabric, but I'm very satisfied with the outcome.
Short sleeves. Looking back, I wish I had made them just a little bit shorter, but I was (of course) rushed to finish.
Both the front and back had darts coming up from the waist. (Is there a technical name for that?)
THE BACK IS THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. BUUUUTTTOOOONNNSS. More on this later.
The skirt is a half circle skirt; full enough that it moved well, but not so full that the fabric yardage became expensive.
And the back! I just adore those buttons. My machine *thinks* it can do buttonholes, but it really can't, so I had to hand-bind all of them (while watching Legally Blonde on a babysitting job, of course!). Unfortunately, I made them a little to big and it kept coming unbuttoned while I was dancing! My friends were on the lookout and buttoned me back up whenever they noticed ;).
Also, shout out to my mom for that epic French twist hairdo.
Speaking of which, here's my friend Cat and I before the dance! We got some awesome awkward couple pics together.
P.S. Webers! That's GG's crystal necklace I'm wearing. And the matching bracelet too! Beautiful jewelry, I've worn it with all the fancy dresses I've made.