Sookie Stackhouse's Red & White Floral Halter Dress
This was a custom request, styled after the dress worn by Anna Paquin as 'Sookie Stackhouse' on the show "True Blood''. Now I will admit I have never seen the show and was only going by pictures. I used a cream and red floral cotton and combined two patterns: The body of an out of print 2004 pattern, McCalls 4455 and my Marilyn Monroe blue polka dot sundress bodice pattern. From the drawing of the pattern you would think that all you would have to do is add a skirt and change the straps. I have used the McCalls pattern a few times and always end up making several alterations. The bust doesn't fit as snugly under the breast as the Marilyn pattern, its a drawstring/elastic across the top edge and it doesn't gather as much over the bust lining, its really meant for an A/B cup at the largest. The basic body shape though worked well with only minor adjustments at the hip. I added a simple two width gathered skirt to the bottom edge of the bodice, some elastic across the top back edge and did a button halter strap at the back neck. The entire bodice is lined in cotton i did put boning in the front and side seams to keep the waist smooth and bra cups are sewn inside the bust.