I was quite sure I will use some TNTs as it was the safe route. But what is the fun of doing something I already done before... I have got this far I needed to use this opportunity to get over some of my fears. The challenge was announce Sunday evening for me. It was family time. I had no immediate idea. The next day I was really busy at work as I was trying to do as much as possible hoping for some time off later in the week. So still no idea. Monday evening my mother in law come for a visit and I got 2 hours of unexpected free time. I simply could not let such treasure go to waste and I pulled out my uncut patterns box. At first nothing clicked but then I come across Vogue 1316 and though. This looks like a scary pattern I would never sew in a sane state of mind. I will do that. And decided right there I will do that and immediately got the patterns out and started working on figuring out the needed sizes and cutting paper pieces.
After this there were 2 very long and agonizing days cutting and re cutting the upper part trying to create a more coherent design and a better fit. While I managed to figure out the front without getting crazy the back was a different story. The customizing size dress form was nearly useless and it never draped me as on it. I am moving making a bootstrap dress form high on my list after this experience. I need to see if that can help me with fitting issues. I stopped taking pictures at this point .
I also ended up eliminating most of the side seams when they were on the same color and was really needed for shaping.
I choose a trim to finish the edge and hide the turned serge edge. I was a bit afraid that might affect the drape in the and but I was lucky and it all seemed fine and I love the embellished hem. I also used the same trim to finish the sleeves.