The first prototype I used was a Burda pattern. It turned out the neckline was all wrong and the sleeves weren’t right as well. Come to think of it, the whole thing was wrong, but since I didn’t have any photos yet to study it was a learning experience about not starting a project without the proper research. I was too anxious to get started. Since I am charging for my time I didn’t add this to Marias’ bill because it was actually my mistake. I came to realize you that the only way you can have a straight skirt that drapes the body the way Maria wants is to make that skirt on the bias.
The new sweetheart neckline. This prototype had a waist seam and a straight skirt which still was somehow wrong from the picture. What I did get right was the back scoop below. After spending alot of time studying the Oscar De La Renta dress I figured out I would have to go back to an empire waist seam but I would need to add a bias skirt to the bottom to get the right drape which is slinky and flowing. Back to the drawing board!
Adding a train to my skirt pattern.
After our last fitting we decided not to use a train after
all because a bias skirt looks odd bustled.