It occurred to me that I never showed a picture of the dress I made for the Curio Theatre's production of "The Trial". This was really a fun project because it forced me to think outside the box - something I rarely do (and should do more often!). Aetna, the costume designer and one of the actresses, sketched her ideas and then found a pattern to use as a foundation. She chose Butterick 5049 for this design. She does some sewing herself and she knows her way around a pattern catalog. The challenge was adding the collar. I used Make Your Own Patterns by Rene Bergh for help on drafting the collar. I'm so glad I had this book. Drafting a pattern piece is much easier than I thought but I couldn't have done it without the clear instructions in the book. I plan to do more of it. Now that I've successfully completed this project, I have the confidence to make design changes to the garments I make for myself.
So, if you are in the area, come on down to Southwest Philadelphia and see the play. I'll be the one signing autographs!