So, I figured I had to give it a shot right? I didn't tell them what I was doing just in case it turned into my worst failure ever. The original dress is chiffon, but I couldn't find any chiffon print that didn't look like a 75 year old's resort wear, and I didn't have time to order anything online with my 1 week time budget. I ended up with a really pretty handkerchief weight cotton that I thought captured the soft colorfulness of the original.
Using my dress form and the very useful fact that my sister-in-law and I are the exact same size, down to height and shoe size, the dress actually came together much easier than I expected. (Ok, to be fair to her, she is larger in the er, bust area. But that wasn't hard to account for, as everything sized above a 4 toddler is too big for me in the bust area. I simply followed the natural and enviable curve of my dressform, Eloise.)
While we were vacationing together, we did a little anniversary photo shoot with the new dress. Isn't my sister-in-law stunning?
This dress was actually pretty fun and simple to put together, and it helped ease the evening-wear-making itch that I had, since I won't be going to our annual ball this year. Instead I'll be vacationing in America, attending a friend's baby shower, going to Target, and hopefully eating a philly cheesesteak. I'll take that over a ball any day.