Well, I knew I would finish this dress in time, but didn't realize that I would be sewing it up until 30 minutes before our Christmas party! I ran into a couple snags, but I love how it turned out.
And the open back has to be my favorite part! It is a sexy surprise and I think it's a great contrast for the conservative front of the dress. I was terrified of cutting into the beautiful silk, but it came out great. Another modification I made to the Burda 7494 pattern was completely redrafting the back. I should have listened to the other reviews about the box pleats in the back, but I didn't. And I looked ridiculous. I ended up following the advice of Julia Bobbin on PatternReview.com about sewing the pleats all the way down, thus creating another seam. I gradually tapered the seam so that I took in about 2 3/4 inches at each side of the top and about 1 inch on the bottom. And the dress fit like a glove. Here are some close up details.
We had such a fun night, and I loved being able to dress up. The last time I wore a dress and heels was my sister's wedding in June, so needless to say, it was about time!