White is the most common hue when it comes to graduation dresses. And even though a cap and gown is worn, you don't want to have on a boring look-a-like dress. That's why we picked Simplicity 1099.
Mikaela loves Taylor Swift. So any opportunity she has to dress in a two-piece outfit, she takes it. She liked the cropped criss cross top and the short full skirt. I cut the smallest size, which is the size 4. For the top, I added an inch to the length. She has a long torso and I needed to know the top would sit right above the skirt. The top is very much like a bustier. It's fully interfaced and lined with a separating zipper.
For the skirt, I used the short version and removed about 3 inches from the length. She wanted it shorter. For the particular occasion, I suggested that we keep it classy and stop it right above the knee. I added a lining and used horsehair braid in the hem. What we love most about this skirt? The pockets! Yes it has pockets! Based on her measurements, I'd say that this pattern is true to size. This pattern has so many great views, I'm sure we'll be using it again. And for fabric, I used a stretch white satin.
Receiving her diploma...
And picture with her niece, one of her favorite people!