With the Ladies:
I ordered the Anna Maria Horner voile from Fabric.com. I love ordering fabric from them, when I know exactly what I'm looking for. You cannot beat their prices.
I used the Cottage Home FREE pattern called "The Party Dress". I used the size 5, but added 1/2" inch of width to the bodice pieces, both front and back, and added about an 1" of length (also to the bodice).
I was able to order 1 1/2 yards of the voile, and used all of it. I purchased 3/4 of a yard (per dress) of the dupioni silk at JoAnn's using a blessed 50% off coupon. That stuff is expensive, there is no way around that. Did I really just make them their first "dry-clean only" dresses?!
I loved the free pattern. I was glad I had some previous dress making experience to rely upon. I did make a few changes to the construction of the dress, which I knew how to do having made so many other dresses. Before allowing myself to cut into the expensive fabrics, I required a rough draft version first. I am not usually a "rough draft" kind of a girl, but it was the least I could do to preserve my resources. I am so glad I took the few extra hours to do so!! Totally worth it. By the time I was making my third and final dress, I didn't even have to look at the instructions.
The rough draft will still get to be worn. What a lovely bonus.
The ladies loved all of their new dresses. And I loved that they were done will ahead of Easter this year. No last minute sewing this time around (okay, except for the purple sash! I can't lie, that sash was finished ten minutes before she put the dress on)!
Now, the remainder of my week will be spent on quilt completion. I hope you're getting excited :)