So it should also come as no suprise that I was thrilled to attemt B5814, the draped wiggle dress created for Butterick. I really love this style and made it out of a green silk Vera Wang slipper satin purchased from Fabric Mart lo these many moons ago.
This dress involves a great deal of structure created through pleating and boning.
I have never quite figured out how to successfully do a FBA on anything other than a standard darted bodice. So to get the appropriate fit, I cut a 22 on the front bodice peices and graded down to the 18 at the waist and cut a 18 on the shoulder and back sections.
This structure means that the bodice is essentially a strapless dress with a cap sleeve attached.
Sadly, on my version the back darts did not line up (although the side seams and front darts lined up perfectly) so I ultimately decided to add a fabric belt with a bow that I centered over the drape.
To add to the christmas festiveness, I used red hem tape.
And because this dress is a bit low cut, I made a structured tank out of a green, navy and metallic brocade to fit under the dress and bring the neckline up to what some people may consider more respectable levels. (Although I don't have an issue with the original cut, after all, what what is double-sided tape for?)
Happy Solstice, Merry Christmas, and a Very Happy New Year!