Here is my holiday party dress. (Since I take these pictures with a tripod, my facial expression usually leaves something to be desired, which is why I am almost always headless.) I have three events this year that call for a nice dress (Christmas, Fake New Year's eve, and a friend's reception) and I was in no mood to mess around with a new pattern and stress about fit. (I had to monkey with the picture a little since there is no sun in Seattle. The tights I am wearing are purple.)
I decided to go for a 60's silhouette, so I grabbed this great cotton sateen that I ordered ages ago from Fabric.com. It's heavyish, but not too much for winter. I decided the pattern I made for the drop cloth dress was perfect; the only change I made was to take in the side seams a little and raise the hem to knee length.
I have worn things that were more flattering to my body, but I have seldom had more fun in a dress. I received tons of compliments and I am quite happy with it. It's not perfect, there were some tension issues with my machine, but it's great for a one season dress.