For my sister Moriah’s 16th birthday, I made her a “dream dress”. We combined some of her favorite details with her favorite color and came up with this! I based the sleeves off of a vintage patttern, but otherwise I created the pattern just for my sister.
I hand-finished everything that would show from the right side, including the sleeve edges and skirt hem (all 6 yards of it). Even the lapped side zipper is stiched in with pick stitches. The shot tafetta really shows off the movement of the full skirt, and I cut the bodice to show off the different shades as well – midriff=crosswise, bodice=lengthwise, sleeves=bias. One of Moriah’s favorite details is piping, so I used it on either side of the midriff band as well as to finish the neckline. It was also important to her that the sleeves not be binding at all – she likes to do ballroom dancing – so I made cap sleeves cut on the bias. After dancing at her birthday party, she says they’re perfect!
To finish off the outfit, Bethany (13-year-old sister) made a matching hair flower out of taffeta scraps!