I was inspired to make this dress from one I had from about 1994 that I still wear. It wasn't a Betsy Johnson, but could have been. It's rayon and has a peter pan color and is black with a tiny floral pattern. I really love it. I found a pattern similar (McCalls 5753) and added the collar.
This dress you see here is the one I sewed and looks exactly like the one I copied. The sheer fabric is a rayon and the collar is a fine cotton (from an old bed sheet! I was too lazy to go to the store again) and I made a cotton gauze slip for underneath. You can see the one I am wearing here is too short—so that has been reciftied with the new longer one.
Drafting and adding the collar was really easy. Wendy discusses how to do this in her dresses book. I ended up taking out the zipper because it slips over just fine (with a slip) and the zipper was heavier than this sheer fabric and caused it to hang in a way that irritated me. So this actually has no closure.
The slip was a huge sucess and I need to write up a separate post about this because sewing this slip, on the bias, was so easy, it's criminal to buy them—I am serious. One caveat, you need to own one that fits perfect to copy.
Okay, I am outie for a bit—until after Labor Day. (September 5th) The aprons for Tie One On are due then and so when I get back I will get the gallery up.
Have a wonderful rest of the summer and be safe!