Here we have the original inspiration. (Not sure of the source - if anyone knows, tell me and I will credit it.) Black lace over a pale slip with a magnificent skirt and a train that I can't really justify for day to day wear.
For my version, I used Vogue 1086. This is the fourth time I've made up this pattern, and the first time its been as a dress. (Tracy Reese makes marvelous patterns. More marvelous than she knows, as they are wonderful building blocks.)
And here we have the current status of my version -- Not nearly as stunning, in part due to the much smaller and thinner scale of the lace. (next time....) The paler the background, the more the pattern shows -- however I found that despite being very careful about getting all the motifs evenly distributed, I didn't actually pay attention to their location on the pattern pieces..... Great big flowers, right on the bust points. So, between that, and not putting the midriff on the cross grain (it just looks funny) I've decided to go with a black slip. Technically, everything is still visible, but really, who is going to look that closely?
Since I rarely wear all black, me thinks this is going to take over as the concert dress (so I can reuse the satin!) and that pattern will end up with something else. I have a stripe I think will work well......
|endless pinning and pattern matching...|
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....but all the 'stripes' match up around the skirt and bodice. So... I shall count this as a win.
|taste -- she has it.|