I would happily buy it for myself but...$298. I am all about buying quality pieces but that is SO far outside my budget that I just can't justify it.
I was at Wal Mart a couple weeks ago finding fabric for our kitsch-free Hawaiian party when I stumbled across some flowy light-weight greige polyester(?) fabric on clearance for $1.50/yard. I immediately thought of this dress and thought, "Hm...maybe?"
I even already had a pattern for it- Anda from BurdaStyle. It really is THE most basic pattern ever which makes it a good one for me, World's Most Impatient Seamstress, and it matches the simple silhouette of the original.
I bought enough fabric to cut the dress on the bias which, in my limited experience, leads to a nicer drape. I definitely think the finished product looks nicer than it would have on the straight grain.
I'm so happy with the way it turned out! It's not nearly as gathered as the original, but I don't think I'm really willowy enough to pull off that much fabric. I was happy to cut it a little straighter. It's wonderfully lightweight and worked well for date night this weekend.
The only change I made to the original pattern was to drop the neckline a little and lengthen the dress to do a hi-lo hemline.
It could have been a super fast project but I am notoriously lazy about seam finishing and I decided it was time to be a big girl and actually do it right. So all my seams are nicely finished and it took forever and I hated life but I'm glad I did it.
Is it going with me to Alt? Yes, yes it is.