Finally, I got around to doing some sewing last night!  I cut into my new satin with the vintage-style roses to make what I think will be a vaguely Mad Men-flavored sheath. It doesn’t look like much so far on the hanger, but it’s just nice to put something together:

I’m using the lining pattern from my beloved Burda 05-125-2008, which I’ve made up in its original form and used as the basis for my Audrey-inspired little black dress.  Isn’t it great to pull a pattern out of your collection, not have to do any tracing or grading or muslining or fitting, no need to even baste- just slap the pattern on your fabric and start cutting? Oh, how I love the fit of this pattern! Instant gratification.

This time I’ve cut the back in a deep squarish U-shape and I’m planning to make some Barbie-like options for dressing it up. Remember how you’d just tie an overskirt over Barbie’s bathing suit and suddenly it was evening wear?  Yeah, sort of like that. I’m thinking a cummerbund and back panels, like McCall’s 3466 (which I once tried to make back when I didn’t know how to fit things properly, and the vintage shaping was just so far off of my actual shape I gave up):

I’m also considering making another add-on option in the form of a bouffant drape to be worn at one hip if I have enough fabric left. Mmm.  A faithful and perfectly fitting pattern, a little Barbie-style fashion inspiration, a little vintage pattern inspiration, a little taste of Mad Men, and yards of luscious printed satin- is this going to be a great day or what?