Ever had a vision in your head and you're just dying to create that awesome thing you're imagining, but then when you actually get around to doing it, something goes wrong and you get discouraged? That's sort of how I feel about my franken-dress right now.
I was inspired by this PPQ dress Lily Allen wears in her music video for "The Fear" (yeah, it's a few years old, gimme a break!) I liked the short length and shift-like silhouette as well as the collar, though it's a little too over the top for what I'd wear in my real life, but maybe I'd wear it in my imaginary life as a sassy British singer though.
I decided that this Burda Pattern (Burda Style Magazine 03/2010 Wedding Dress #104) was pretty similar to the silhouette I was looking for, mod-ish and short, and that this NewLook pattern (6808) had a nice peter pan collar on look D (I'm still undecided about the bow). I printed and assembled the Burda pattern and then traced the neck hole and bodice area from the NewLook top, it actually worked pretty well. I was also considering drafting my own neckline and collar since I have a few books on how to do it, but since I'm lazy and didn't want to make a muslin first, I decided to go with the experts and blindly trust their skills at pattern drafting.
So I cut it out of a black and white suiting I got on clearance at JoAnns and started putting it together. I was reaaaally hoping that I wouldn't need to put any waist darts in, since I wanted to avoid adding a zipper and just have a keyhole button-closure in the back (like Lily Allen's and the Burda Pattern). I also wanted to use french seams on the whole shebang to avoid any interior fraying, but alas, it looks like a tent! There is no way I'm going to wear it without some darts. Back to the drawing board I guess! I might take it in a little at the seams and at the waist to give it good shaping...I'm going to think on it for a bit and maybe work on a skirt I'm making out of the left over fabric.
Stay tuned for the outcome of my grand experiment! (Or maybe it will turn out totally uggers and you'll never hear about it again...)