1940s day dress
Evening gown from a 1920s pattern
1950s-1960s day dress
1960s cocktail dress
1950s cocktail dress
1930s day dress
1970s/80s day dress
Initially, I thought I would just save myself a lot of time and effort and just go out and buy myself a nice, new dress, but after a lot of searching, this proved more or less fruitless. One thing I did discover, however, is that silk knocks a autumn/winter party dress up a notch in fanciness. Also, most contemporary designs just didn't have that same mystique that the vintage ones do. I had my parameters.
I managed to find a $5 pink polyester number that fit like a dream, with pretty nice lines for my pattern.
Next, I found an aqua-blue XL silk dress and a royal blue silk skirt for my fabrics. (I really couldn't decide which I liked better, but since they were both only $5 as well, I got both).
And finally, I searched around for the perfect design: something that followed the same basic lines as the pink dress, but a bit more interesting. I toyed around with ruching and pleats, but it was all too busy. At Dorthea's Closet, a lovely and vintage store way out of my budget, I found this awesome dress.
Really, the only major different between this dress and the pink one is the straps, which should be easy to augment. I guess, we shall see!