I made these ballgowns with my friends this summer using the Simplicity version of your pattern. The girls are part of an historical dance society and are focusing on the Regency period. The bronze dress is made of a tucked home decor fabric with gold sheer and wide ribbon trim accents. The pink dress is silk with an embroidered overlay. We put in lapped zippers to make sure the dresses stayed closed during dancing, then added buttons to make them look period correct! We also made bodiced petticoats to wear underneath. Thanks for the wonderful pattern – we had so much fun making them, and the girls are thrilled!
Aren’t these gowns just stunning? I’ve often used home dec fabric for projects like this. It’s great to check that section of the fabric store if you want to find unique,beautiful material for a formal gown. You’re not limited to what’s in the formal fabric section, because home dec often has gorgeous silks and embroidered voiles like the ones you see here. Fantastic job, Amy!