I saw this dress on Pinterest and actually gasped out loud. I knew I had to make my own version. It originally comes from Karla's Closet, a fashion blogger in LA. She found it at Shareen Vintage in Los Angeles.
I made a few modifications, from what I can tell in these photos.
1. The inspiration dress had most of the gathering in the back, creating a bustle effect. I don't need any extra help making my rear end look large, so I decided to stick with the pleats that are evenly distributed in Simplicity 1873.
2. The embroidery on Karla's dress cuts off at the seam. They embroidered the pieces before stitching the garment together and also included piping at the waist seam. I wanted a continuous line of embroidery, so I opted to do it after the fact and exclude the piping.
3. I chose to do a sightly longer dress. I find it more versatile to wear to the office.
Isn't it marvelous?! I am really pleased with this one. I am planning on doing a little tutorial soon to show you how I did the embroidery work on the dress. So stay tuned!
Now I leave you with a picture of me twirling in front of the "16 going on 17" gazebo from The Sound of Music. It's my favorite song from the movie, and I just had to do it.