Ok it's not a frock, but it IS frocked up. This is a sneak peak at the bottom half of my ball outfit. It is made from beautiful embroidered taffeta silk that I bought on-line for $15 a metre. I bought it on a whim with no particular expectation or project in mind. I remember the elation I felt on opening the package - it was so much more beautiful than the e-shop picture.
When I started thinking about my ball outfit my thoughts went immediately to Allesandra Rich and her beautiful, structured lace and silk dresses. But looking on net-a-porter, I saw a beautiful $1000 + fishtail skirt and I knew immediately that this was a practical solution. I haven't been to a ball since I was 25 and I'm not likely to go to many more, so investing in good lace was not very sensible.
I used Burda 12/2008 125 as my base pattern. This is a double fronted evening skirt with a fishtail hem. To redraft as a plain skirt, all I needed to do was to make the centre-front line a centre-fold on both the skirt and the waist band and voila! You'll have to wait until after November 12 for wearing photos, but it is a very good fit. The next photo shows the embroidery in more detail and the degree of pattern matching I was able to achieve. No mean feat with only 2 metres of fabric. I'm yet to complete the hem - still deciding if I need horsehair stiffening or just stiff interfacing to accentuate the fishtail.
The last photo shows you where I'm going with the top half.