So I armed myself with just under 2m of 'Toffee Drops' - a satin taffeta from Tessuti, some lining fabric and Vogue 8723:
I completely forgot to get photos of myself in NZ though. Luckily however, my father-in-law's 70th birthday dinner was at Cutler & Co. on Saturday night (also our wedding anniversary), so Michael and I got dolled up and went out sans-child.
What can I say? I didn't have to make any adjustments except add 10cm in length to the skirt. I made a size 12 with an A-cup (this is one of those convenient custom fit cup size patterns). I did muslin the pattern first in a cotton.
I love the neckline of this dress. I think it frames my broad shoulders nicely.
We went for a pre-dinner gin and tonic. Yum. The food at Cutler & Co. was delicious too, and I had a lot of fun dressing up and not getting Little M's paw prints all over my fancy dress! We didn't get home until midnight though - I have to say that since becoming a Mama I have no stamina for late nights at all. I was sooooo tired on Sunday!