The dress is basically Burda 8511 with some modifications. Namely the centre back seam was eliminated to make the back one piece, and the front and back panels were cut with no shaping down the side. I sewed the front shaping darts, but not those on the back. I inserted shorter white panels inside the side seams, inset under the front and back panels by about 2cm and with an inverted pleat at the underarm seam. The final effect is of a white slip underneath a heavier tunic. I had enough of this white fabric leftover to make this top. The dress has no zips or buttons as it's loose enough to just pull over my head. The white velvet ribbon is simply sewn inside the side seams at the waist and tied to bring the whole thing in together and give it some shape.
The pendant is one that was given to me by my parents probably back in the mid seventies. Its pewter, made by Jorgen Jensen of Denmark, and has a poem inscribed on the front. It reads as follows:
Mind these three:
Hear their chime:
Things Take Time.
Isn't that lovely? Just the sort of advice a future nun might impart...
Shoes; Perrini, bought quite a few years ago from I don't know where
Pendant; Jorgen Jensen of Denmark, gift from my parents