It took more than a year of watching and waiting, but finally THIS PATTERN is mine:
I love this dress so much. I think it's because (even though the model in the illustration is clearly an ingenue) this seems like a very attractive (okay, let's admit it: sexy) dress for a woman, not just a girl. Think a kind of lush, mid-career Elizabeth Taylor; before women past 35 were encouraged to inject their foreheads with toxins lest — heaven forbid — they showed a creased visage (or attempted to raise their eyebrows).
And is it wrong that I want to make this dress in every color (starting with orange)? Possibly best not to answer that.
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