My dad got me a dress form for my birthday last week! Huck named it Cinderella, and I immediately started researching patterns and looking at dresses to make my first dress. I really love this Beda Dress from Anthropologie:
So I went to Jo-Ann's and found this pattern:
It is Simplicity 2403 and is one of their "Project Runway" inspired patterns. I picked up a pretty coral colored fabric, and I think I am going to do the first dress fairly straight from the pattern. Then, once I am comfortable with actually having made a dress from a pattern, I'll pick up some white material and make something closer to the first image (flatter collar, fuller skirt, cap sleeves, etc.). I'm a little nervous, as I rarely work from patterns and in the past I've messed up and gotten pretty frustrated when I've tried. But I was such a novice sewer last time I made an attempt, I'm hoping to do better now that I have some experience under my belt.
I'm going to try to get my material all cut out tonight. Wish me luck!