I won some tickets to a show at the QPAC (Queensland Performing Arts Complex) - Wizard of the Keys where piano virtuoso Behzod Abduraimov played Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No 3 - he is only 24 and was sensational - not that I'm any specialist, but he did get three standing ovations! So, as I don't get the opportunity to get out to special events often I took the opportunity to wear the Style Arc Alisha dress I made for the wedding in early May. I didn't manage to get a single photo of the dress on that night so I took the opportunity to get some photos. My friend took them with her phone and they are a bit washed out but really nice photos.
I wore it with my Burda coat I made (actually for the photo taking friend's wedding in April 2009).
Below without the coat showing off the lovely fabric. The lining, which I know you can't see, is a synthetic but superb quality (a Daniel Lightfoot - Brisbane designer of long ago who made/makes beautiful gowns etc) and feels lovely on.
The back of the dress... I love the way the back stays open and the collar stands up - although mine isn't standing on one side here. Here you can see how much my right shoulder has dropped after some injuries and I really should have adjusted that. You can notice the seams in this overexposed photo but in real life you can't see it and it is more gun metal grey than blue grey like it appears on my laptop.
Wearing the dress again has made me think it out more. I didn't put sleeves on and I think I should have cut the armscye in a bit more. I also think that the bust line is high on Style Arc patterns (and I have 50 year old boobs) and I found this on the Rosie top too. I think in the comments Gabrielle of Up Sew Late mentioned that the bust line should be lowered and I didn't