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Last week I went to The Nutcracker—and in New York City ladies really dress up for the ballet which makes the event so much fun. I was inspired to make a party dress with tulle like a ballerina’s costume and combine it with a richly hued brocade. Seeing that brocade can be quite expensive, this variation was perfect for using just 1/2 yard for the bodice.

Made up of an overdress and an underdress, the Sibylle pattern is an excellent template for making a princess seamed bodice and full skirt. This version is super simplified—you leave out the over dress.

If you’re a fan of ballet, check out this blog post on Black Swan, the gorgeous and eerie feature film by Darren Aronofsky.