I need a cocktail dress. I usually make a new one every year for my yearly benefit auction, but I need an extra (and fancier) one this year. I am going to an evening wedding in Korea this January and want to look great. (I don't need much of an excuse to go to Seoul, but I am totally excited about seeing a lot of my grad school friends from Korea, Japan, and Taiwan.)
Korea is a fairly conservative culture and I am pretty heavily tatooed in the shoulder/back/upper arm area, so my dress needs to hide as much of that as possible. (Hey, I am proud to let my freak flag fly, but I can respect other people's special moments. Not to mention I don't want to piss off the ajumas.)
I've decided to design my own dress (working on a new sloper in pattern making class.) I'm using the early 60's as inspiration. Jewel necklines, full skirts, and sleeves are all things that I can work with, and even if the Mad Men furor hasn't hit there, I don't think I will stand out as too costumey. (And I'll pick a back-up pattern just in case. Be prepared!)
Here are some inspirational patterns that I have filed into my notes. I'm thinking a brocade might suit this type of style (and dress them up a bit) but we'll see. I'm still in my thinking phase.
I love the skirt on this one.
The neckline on this is pretty cute.