Gertie's Christina Dress, which was inspired by a Herve Leger dress that Christina Hendricks wore. I must have really loved the Christina Dress that Gertie made, because I remember the original post, and I've been thinking about it ever since---that post went up in May of 2010!Three and a half years later, I'm finally making my version!
Butterick 5554-- a tried and true pattern for me (see Matrix Dress and Boston Conference Dress for other versions). The lines on this dress fit me quite well, so it's a great starting point. I modified the front and back neckline to be a square neckline instead of rounded. I didn't need to interface the facings on my other versions, but with the square neckline, I knew interfacing would be necessary to keep the square edges nice and crisp. The decorative black straps sewn into the neckline are simply 1" strips that I sewed together and then hand-sewed on the inside of the neckline. An easy addition, but it's what really makes this dress special!
In love with this neckline! Happy New Year, my friends! And happy sewing!