I really like this design from the 1940s, but I'll remove the flouncy bottom piece.
My sketch, it will help me when I start drafting the pattern.
Even though I could possibly track down a copy of the pattern from the photo above, pattern making is my favourite part of the dressmaking process. I love pencilling lines and angles on paper and imagining how a pattern will look from 2D on paper to 3D in fabric - and then (eventually!) making it happen.
A lovely soft silk fabric I bought in Hong Kong earlier this year. When I saw the fabric I thought I would make a shirt out of it so I didn't buy much. But the shop owner kindly cut me "a bit extra" so now I'm hoping that through his generosity there will be enough fabric for this dress. Fingers crossed that once the pattern is finished it will fit on the fabric!