So anyways, back to the Gala. I made a few mock ups of options for a dress. I'm going to use Simplicity S0571 (that also goes by 1418 on the website. Not sure why the pattern numbers are different). Here are the line drawings for the dress:
I noticed something pretty cool in the directions. The pattern actually for an elastic casing to be created. I was confused as to where this would come into play but it seems to be a design piece for the off the shoulder version; it gets attached to the inside of the sleeve to help secure it in place. I'm pretty grateful for that and I'm excited to see how effective it is.
Alright, so now to get to the mock ups that I created. I actually posted it on Instagram too (follow me at AfroSoulJah) to get some opinions. So far, people are gravitating to the Dark one with the black panels.
I won't argue with them (and it'll be easy to shoe match). It helps to simplify the busy print and will be a nice touch of color blocking (not sure if that's still what's "in" or not). I'll probably work the black in with some broadcloth or possibly some pique that I have in my stash. I'll need something that perfectly compliments the weight of the fabric. I'll also have to modify the skirt pattern as it doesn't naturally have that blocking inherent to the pattern but it shouldn't be too much of stretch on my skills.
Thoughts and opinion? I'm looking forward to this and I'll actually make a muslin for the bodice pretty soon!