You all were right, BWOF 05-2008-127 was the right call for my fabric. I did some fit alterations on the flat pattern and probably should have done some more (like shortening the bodice more than the one inch I did), but I'm really happy with it and it has, er, room to grow into. I definitely prefer to have the ties in the front to the back, they look so Laverne and Shirley in the front.
I'm wearing this to work today with a little silver shrug I got at Charlotte Russe in some mall in the middle of nowhere where Cidell and I met to see Juno. I really like the shrug. It's all lacy looking and also sparkly. Lace and sparkles cannot be beat. The rest of the photos are here, though I haven't edited/posted the construction photos.
I need to do a post on shoes soon. The ones I'm wearing today and in the pic are part of my Fall planning. They're from Naturalizer and reasonably comfortable with my orthotic inserts in them. They are navy blue and were $20 at 6pm.com. Twenty dollars! You can't expect me to have passed them up, especially in the navy color. I can't wear ballet flats because of my accursedly narrow heels but these are cut far out toward the toe like ballet flats and are about as close as I can get.
We are having the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay here in DC today. It's about a mile and a half walk to work; it seems longer in the pouring rain but on the bright side I had the sidewalk to myself. I arrived looking like I had swum there, soaked to the waist. The shoes held up well in the rain--not slippery--though I hope they're not too stiff when they dry. The fabric is a gorgeous polished cotton from Dreyfus in Paris and is drying quite well, no stiffness or water-spotting. With all the rain it's a little cool, but this is my birthday dress and I will wear it today for birthday drinks! Weather appropriate clothing? pfft. I want to be cute.
More posts on birthday goodies to come over the weekend or next week!