Since attending the dance class given specifically for the ball attendees and finding that no one knows exactly what they will be wearing, I’ve decided to tone down the formal ball gown story and plan on something simpler that would do well in most settings. The Pendleton wool challis I showed here will be too hot for dancing and slinky knits just make me feel dowdy, whether they really are or not. It’s back to using the gold stretch wool/rayon and matching lace
I’m going to cut it out Burda WOF 12/2006 Pattern 112 in a lingerie materal tomorrow: muslin as nightgown. I’ll cut with lots of extra seam allowance for fitting and baste it together. With princess lines in front and back and a slight flare at the hemline this cut should be very adaptable.
Loves: the neckline and the set-in sleeves. Raglan sleeve style have never been flattering so other wonderful Burda WOF styles were sadly eliminated. After first baste-and-fit it’s off to find a strapless foundation garment to purchase. The fit will be polished before the fashion fabric is cut.
The suggested fabric is crepe backed satin but I think the sparkly copper/gold will be a suitable alternative. I can cut a simple coat from the patterned fabric. Vogue 8115 has a wonderful coat this season: I love the outline of it but I don’t want the extra seams that the pattern contains. I just may do something straight with bust darts. Keep it simple.
Full or flat-appliqued fabric flowers could embellish one shoulder/neck edge as an alternative to accessories. Elegant drop earings would be my dream but I’m finding them hard to find at a price I want to pay. Perhaps I’ll have to become crafty with beaded earings to match some beading along the neckedge.
The addition of a godet in the back, starting at high thigh would give some drama and I might add a bow in the back as well.
The fur stole looks wonderful and is the selling point for the Burda write-up. I do have some faux fur that might accomplish the same image without the horror (shudder) .