As I went through my Google Reader list the other day, I read a blog entry from Burda Style and saw a dress that one of the members posted onto the site. It was a Butterick pattern 9029 from the 1950s, and it is a classic yet so modern. The blogger made this dress from linen fabric and it has a long sash that drapes around and ties in the back. This pattern is not available, but a sewer could make adjustments to an existing pattern with a similar style, and sew a fantastic sash to wrap around the waist. This dress is also can create a waist and de-emphasized a belly. In additional, I imagine myself wearing such a dress. The author choose linen has her fabric, but I can imagine this dress made in a knit, wool gabardine and perhaps silk/linen blend. I would have to make a necklace and think about more of a scoop neck. I think the inspiration will can a person many places including making the sleeves three-quarter length.
Another dress that gives me a couple of ideas came from the online store Mod Cloth. The dress is no longer on the website, but thought about the interesting cowl neck. Again, you probably could take a pattern that is similarly close to this dress and create this dress. The dress could be more tapper at the knees, not add the faux belt, one could add sleeves are leave dress sleeveless, and thinking that perhaps knit is a good fabric choose for the dress. The buttons can be changed, and could create a brooch.
I just thought I would share these dresses and think out loud how I would make these dresses my own. Ciao for now as I feel my head nodding. Time for some slumber.