The original dress was made in the fifties, and I chronicled a good chunk of the taking apart and grading up and altering the line in a series of posts, tagged Sunset. (Click here to see those.)
Here's the original in a selfie (taken a couple of weeks ago after 3 years... It still fits! Hallelujah!!):
And here are my sketches.
I'll be changing the straps so they are their own pieces, keeping all the volume, and adding length and a train. Pearl buttons and maybe some pearls at the neckline and shoulders. Lace at the shoulders and along the hem if there's any at all. Dupioni silk. A pop of color in the petticoat.
Now, to go through a bolt of muslin for the mock-ups.
Are you ready? I'm ready.