She had a couple ideas in mind, but in the end we decided to try and recreate this Anthropologie dress without the side buttons. I wanted to start off with a very basic shape. The dress is just one piece, no separate skirt and top. The Anthro piece is a little more complicated. Aside from the side buttons, the cowl neck is one piece to the shoulders and the seam is at the chest. But to make things easier we went with something very similar and a LOT easier.
Cheila was surprised at how all simple the process was. We just draped the fabric on the dress form, drew lines and CUT.
I tell people that it's actually faster for me to make a pattern of my own than to use someone else's. When you have to use a paper pattern you have to open it up, cut out the pattern, fold back all the extra pieces, pin the pattern to the fabric, then cut. When you're cutting off a dress form, you can see the shape of the finished piece a lot sooner than when you're using a pattern. Sometimes, it gives you more motivation to make it through to the end.
Plus, if you make a muslin first, you have a finished pattern to use again and again. And furthermore, muslin sticks to a lot of other fabrics so no pinning!