Anyway, recently it was my 33rd wedding anniversary. Naturally, I made my dress. No it was not white and poufy.
I just tried it on again.
The fit is forgiving.
This is Vogue 2473, a Vogue American Designer pattern by Albert Nipon.
Even by my current standards, I did a good job on this dress. It's made from lightweight silk with a little woven texture. I interfaced with self fabric, and made French seams. And all those pleats! They are pretty even. They are stitched down from the shoulder to hip level and then swing free. The dress buttons up the back.
There is a little elastic in casing at the waist, which still stretches, and the (foam) shoulder pads are as spongy as the day I put them in. Foam has gone downhill since the 80s (I'm guessing there are environmental reasons).
If I was making this today, I'd lower the front neck (tiniest V neck ever) and use about twice as many buttons in back, just for the statement. And I'd change the sleeves somehow, although the proportions are about right given the length of the dress.
But I won't. This is a special period piece in The Sewing Lawyer's history.