I stupidly didn't take any photos, but I ended up wearing Dress Plan C which was one I made last year and have never worn. I've forgotten the pattern number and I'm too lazy to look it up.
Dress Plan A. I originally wanted to make V1151 but couldn't find ponte in a colour I liked. There was boring black, washed out burgundy, dirty grey or cream. I really wanted purple or orange or something bright, but here in fabric starved Tasmania I was fooling myself.
I moved to Dress Plan B.
Prior to christmas I had traced BWOF 09-11-104 but never got around to making it, so I decided to give it a go. I had 3m of poly chiffon that I bought at Spotlight last year for $3 a metre that was perfect. It's a fairly simple pattern to make, but the double layer of chiffon with pleating and gathering makes it a little time consuming. I changed the pattern contruction slightly. For some reason the back skirt is a single layer in the pattern whereas the rest is double. I made the back skirt double layer too, which means that all the inside seams are concealed and there is no hemming.
It's not my usual style, but it's cute and fits me well. It's hard to see in this fabric, but the middle has a lovely draped section cut on the bias. In hindsight, I would not cut chiffon on the bias, it stretches and hangs too much. So why didn't I wear it? It is more of a day dress and not suited to the fancy restaurant I was going to. The tulip skirt is cute, it's comfortable and will look great with a little pair of flat silver sandals I have.
I had dinner with the wonderful women from work. They gave me this lovely marcasite ring, photographed here on my wrinkly 50 year old hand.
I was up at 6.30am to take my friend Jo to the airport, so the birthday glow wore off pretty quickly. Today I really am going to make a start on my SWAP!