Recently, a friend asked me to go ‘Black Tie’ dress shopping with her. That sounded fun, so we made plans.
She had a shop in mind, so we went through all the dresses there to see what was appropriate for a black tie event.
My friend tried on a number of dresses, but only two were lovely enough to really consider.
This adorable cocktail dress looked great on her, but wasn’t suitable for a black tie event. It just looked too good on her not to be included in her final list. This is the evening gown she bought for the event. It’s gorgeous and it really flattered her figure.
After helping my friend pick out so many lovely dresses, and seeing her try them on, I couldn’t resist trying on a dress or two.
This was the first gown I tried on. I loved this, but it did not love me back. I should know this styling is not flattering to my shape as I’ve been curvy all my life – even when I was a size 5. You can see on my croquis below, it isn’t flattering. It looked worse in real life.
No, that was not the right style for me. It was very easy to pass it up no matter how nice it looked on the hanger.
The next dress was a lot harder to pass up.
While my friend was debating her dresses, I tried this one on.
I had to snap a photo of me in the dress too. When you try something on and feel pretty… it stands out.
Here’s the dress from the back:
Ooh, it’s so lovely.
I came home and looked for a pattern that was similar. I didn’t have to look far.
McCall’s 7684 view C looks almost exactly the same. Same skirt, belt, zip up the back, pockets. The top is different.
I phoned the fabric store to see if patterns were on sale and they were! I was off to pick it up right away.Here are the dresses side by side:Here’s just view C:
I’m so happy I went dress shopping with my friend. We really did have fun! I’m even happier I found this pattern.
That’s enough dreaming for me. It’s time to get back to work on all those Christmas gifts I said I’d sew.