I had long been a fan of a certain 1930's or 1940's velvet evening dress I saw in a book once. I don't remember the designer, and the book is at my parents' house, but the lines were something like the dress in this photo from Vintage Textile. I had ordered some silk dupioni from Denver Fabrics, and when it arrived, I thought the color was really ugly. Since I didn't care if I ruined the fabric, I figured I might as well use it to try to replicate the dress in my memories. And this is the result:
my favorite slip pattern, cut it off at the hips to give it a dropped waist, and added gathered rectangles of fabric for the skirt.
Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, for letting me do the photography there!