Pretty, isn’t it? This was a hoot to sew up. I love sewing frosting and working with taffeta and chiffon and all things unnecessary to basic wardrobe survival. The pattern for the overdress is Burda 1/2013 #142.I used a poly black/white shot chiffon, black/white shot poly taffeta that reads like liquid silver and a poly silver shantung for the bodice lining and belt. I chose to add piping to the neck and arm edges because I just think it looks better than a simple turned edge. You can see the poly shantung bodice lining below.The “epaulets” are remnant bits from DD1’s fish-scale skirt hand-stitched over the shoulder seams. I must say, I like the sparkly bits. And doesn’t that taffeta look amazing? I changed the back to a corset lace-up style so that it can be worn without alteration if people grow. The loops are self-fabric bias loops, and there’s a 4-inch wide modesty panel lying underneath, so lots of grow room in this garment.The modesty panel is stitched directly to the underskirt along the bottom of the placket opening. Burda had the skirt and lining cut as large rectangles. I chose to shape them into very wide gores, with pleats to eliminate some bulk at the waist. The pleats are then gathered into the waist. I also cut the chiffon a slight bit shorter than the taffeta underskirt to prevent tripping and tearing of the fabric. I think taffeta will wear harder than the chiffon through school halls and classrooms. Here’s the back view with the belt.What fun, eh? The belt is a 12 x 32 inch long rectangle of poly shantung stitched into a tube and turned right side out and pressed. I used remnants from DD1’s fish-scale skirt, cut into strips and stitched down through all thicknesses. Very slowly stitched, I may add. Then I added the same silver trim from the blouse sleeves down the centre of the belt and finished it off with a heavy-duty velcro closure.Here’s a pic of the blouse front with the self-fabric ties. Perhaps they’re a bit long, but I prefer them to another texture (like cording). It keeps the focus on that belt. Love the belt. DD3 has already worn the ensemble around the house several times, and at one point walked into the kitchen without the blouse and a little black sweater over the dress. “Look, mom! It’s going to be perfect for Christmas Eve!” It’s a good thing, since she’s outgrown Blue Christmas.