I'm not sure I've mentioned this party; Kev and I are having a book launch / graduation / tenure party this summer, a biggish shindig. Should be lots of fun; some of our friends are coming in from out of town, as well as our families. And of course, my biggest dilemma is deciding what to wear! :-)
I spent a couple of hours yesterday looking at dresses online; I have my heart set on something dark red, knee-length, with an open neckline so that I can wear a very pretty necklace I own and that I never have occasion to wear. It is not so easy, finding such a thing. If anyone knows good dress-shopping places online they'd recommend, let me know. I'm looking for something that drapes well, that I can dance in, and that has wide shoulder straps (or more), because some of us do not do so well in those strapless or spaghetti strap designs that are unfriendly to bras.
Although there are so many pretty strapless dresses that I honestly have started wondering how hard it would be to buy such a dress and then add straps in some sort of matching color (out of thick velvet ribbon or some such?), possibly with handsewn beadwork. That may be beyond my sewing abilities, though -- any thoughts on the feasibility of such a project from more experienced seamstresses would be appreciated.
It's funny -- I've added plenty of buttons, mended tears, even taken in dresses -- all of those, I can do without worry. But I've also made a few dresses from a pattern, and I know just how far from professional those are; they'll pass in dim light, if people are drinking enough, but close examination would reveal that those dresses are riddled with errors. So I have some serious doubts about my sewing abilities. Real professional sewing still seems a bit like magic to me.