Before this fabric became the dress it is today, it was a maternity dress I'd built for a special occasion.
Then, as it happens, I quite suddenly found myself no longer pregnant or in need of maternity clothes.
Since no self-respecting girl would ever let such amazing Dupoini Silk go to waste, I reworked the fabric into my Once Upon a Midnight Dress using no patterns and having no plans...just an insane amount of fiddling that went from a pile on the floor to a thing of beauty.
Of course, it has pockets.
Of course, it has a belted waist.
Of course, it has ruching and tulle.
But, my favorite part of the dress is the sleeves,
which I shaped using 26 pin pleats.
From my point-of-view, sleeves are the extra frosting to a beautiful dress--the chance to take a dress from merely pretty to extravagant.
I constructed Once Upon a Midnight several months ago, but it never fails to give that sometimes elusive "ah-ha" feeling a girl can get just by putting on the perfect dress.
(Kristina J. Once Upon a Midnight Dress, Target Skinny Belt, HUE tights, Steve Madden Pumps)