Okay, I've started making some design decisions around this year's Smithson gown. I really didn't have a starting point, but after a lot of people posted and emailed that the Bug Gown was one of their favorites, I started thinking that perhaps it was time to try a strapless style again.
I hadn't tried doing a strapless gown with Wild Ginger's formalwear program, Celebrations. But I was game to try. So I designed a strapless bodice with a v-front, printed it out and gave it a try. The hip and waist fit fine, but the bust!! It looked like it could accommodate Dolly Parton. I couldn't figure out what the issue was; I had chosen zero ease.
Fortunately, Wild Ginger has the most amazing tech support. A quick chat with their wizard, Karen, led to the solution: reduce the cup size in the measurement chart. Couldn't be that easy, could it?
It could. Taking the cup size from a D to a B yielded a darned good muslin. And here it is.
Now, keep in mind that this is just a rough draft. There's no boning, no foundation... just the suggestion of a style. It's a dropped-waist with a V front and a gathered skirt. There's a bit of fine tuning to do below the waist, but there's plenty of time for that. The event isn't until the end of April.
I'm going to make a waist-length foundation using this pattern as a starting point and boning the heck out of it, as well as adding an elastic underbust stay. I want to feel completely secure when I'm wearing this!!
So, now the decisions need to be made on fabric. Ideas? I'm leaning towards a periwinkle, as several people have suggested. But what fiber? And should I have an overskirt? Layering of fabrics? Contrasts? A matching shrug? Post your ideas... I'm all ears!