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Hermione's Slug Club Party Dress From Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

This costume is from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. It's the dress Hermione wears to the Slug Club party with Cormac McLaggen! I was super excited about this dress from the first time I saw it; super cute 1950's debutante? Yes, please. I finally got around to making it in March 2012, for a commission.

I have to admit, though, I had some serious problems making this dress. It's the first time in a long time that making a dress actually caused me to have uneasy sleep and nightmares. I just had so many little problems...I kept changing the way I was doing the bust pleats, I couldn't decide if I wanted to line the torso panel, the silk was fraying like crazy and I would have to cut things open to re-sew a fraying seam, etc. I have a pattern and a method now that I'm happy with, so the next one will be infinitely easier. The end product was definitely worth the trouble! (But I'm using a different silk next time for sure.)

PS: Funfact: I've had a fear of pleats ever since my Sailor Scout costume back in high school that I finally overcame with this costume. My pleats are crisp and even. Take THAT, childhood pleat trauma!