Boy, am I late in getting started on this project. How late? Well, the Smithson gala is on April 21. That's right; just over two weeks away. And I have no idea what I'm going to make.
This year's gala will be at the Museum of American Art and Portrait Gallery, which is actually not on the mall. It's in the old U.S. Patent Office building, The gala was held there once before, in 2007. I wore this red dress.
I had a few ideas about what kind of dress to make for the upcoming gala, thanks to some discussions with my ASG friends and the members of my PMB users group. The basic idea was a sleeveless sheath dress in a solid copper, with an overdress of some kind of beaded or sequined sheer fabric with long sleeves and a shawl collar.
I had no luck at all finding fabrics locally, so I decided to take a quick one-day trip to New York City to scour the fabric district. I brought along two friends from Maryland, and met up with two more from New York, and together we tackled the mission of finding just the right fabrics for this dress.
Here's what we came up with:
So, now I have the fabrics... but I'm not convinced about the design. What do you think? I'd love to get some input from my readers as to what design would look good on my and showcase the fabrics. I have four yards of the charmeuse and three yards of the lace.
Help me, Sewing Readers! You're my only hope!