This young lady was referred to me by a fellow sewer. I like and appreciate referrals. When this young came to me to make her prom dress, she had a sketch like ALL of my prom girls. I'm very particular about what kind of prom dresses I make. I DO NOT like to make prom dresses that reveal a lot of skin because that's my name that's attached to the dress. So when this young lady showed me her sketch, I tried to find a diplomatic way to tell her I thought the dress was revealing and showing too much. She wanted a deep V-shape in the front and cut-outs on the side and the back. During the muslin fitting, I was able to talk her out of the deep V-shape in the front by telling her I thought the dress was classy WITHOUT the deep V-shape in the front of the dress. Her mother agreed.
Here is her sketch:
I used Butterick Pattern 5182 View A (the one in the middle)
If you're wondering how made the dress from the pattern I used, I omitted the shear part of the dress. I first did a muslin, we made the adjustments on the muslin by taking in the side seams to give her the fit she wanted and I drew the cut-outs on the muslin. Instead of having a bodice and a bottom, I marked on the muslin to keep it as one piece. Her mother bought a string of crystals to outline the cutouts.