I will be using Butterick 6467 for my dress. View c with a modified neckline is the plan and a straight waist seam. Fabric allowing, I am also going to widen the width at the bottom so there is more twirl and running room. :-) I am also changing my original inspiration color palette. I really love grey, but it is a hard color to find and perhaps a bit more dressy/mature than I want to be for graduation. Plus, I might be able to wear the same dress to our Spring Banquet for co-op which is Titanic themed. Anyway, my color now is a grayish purple similar to the Anniversary cruise dress but more grey. Look up Purple Mountain's Majesty in Crayola crayon colors. :-)
I bought 2 yards of Joann Fabric's Project runway ruched sort of knit. I was originally thinking ruffled fabric like this steel orchid from ruffledfabric.com but it cost a ton + shipping and was 40-50 in wide, which means I have to buy more. At Joann's the fabric I got was 50% off, I didn't have to pay shipping and it was wider (57")! Cost for 2 yards was $18.
I was a little apprehensive about putting a knit on the bottom because it stretches and might not be dressy enough etc. So I "talk myself in, talk myself out, I get all worked up and then I let myself down..." ok, thanks Michel Buble. Anyway, I decided that the awesome color and texture (which adds a bit of dull shine) was dressy looking enough and it would be SUPER comfortable. If I have to wear that black robe and crazy cap (that really limits up-do hair possibilities) I can at least be comfortable and elegant. So, the knit won. Here are some pictures in different lights.
For the bodice I plan to use a coordinating
silk polyester shantung. I might dress up the bodice with some beading too. We shall see. That is the plan!