This dress was my inspiration and I cut it out of Lucky Magazine. It is Derek Lam + ebay, though I don't know who that is. The partial heading next to it says "designer outfits with money left over in your purse!" But the dress, made of denim, costs.....
wait for it.....
195 bucks!!! Oh my lord! So I went to Jo-Ann to look at denim, and then I realized that was stupid. Denim is heavy and hot. The air in New Orleans is heavy and hot. That is not a smart combo. So I looked around and bought some red linen instead. It's a nice blue-red, not an orange-red.
This really was an adventure of the dress, as Stephanie calls it. We went to take picture with some flowers, but then I looked at them and the straps were too long, so I re-tied them. Then the light on the balcony was dark, and then we went to NOMA, the art museum. It's kind of a mixed bag. I need to not slouch like a sloth all the time.
It has self-lined tie for the front and back, the front have one dart each. It has a waist band and an 8 gore skirt. Hemmed on the machine, handpicked zipper.
The sides also meet in a point, but don't go down as far.
The skirt started as a 4 gore, but was snug and sausagey instead of full. I went back and bought another 3/4 of a yard and then made eight pieces that tapered to a narrower top.
This was a piece of cake to make. It's slightly boob-tacular, so I wouldn't wear it everywhere. However, it is a nice summery, cool dress and it looks very much like what I tried to copy. Success!