I don't listen to the band myself, but I've got a couple friends who are into it and the premise is interesting. You can read more about the band and the Walter Workers in particular here.
I started off by making a muslin base to fit on my client. Since she is local, I was able to do a bit more nitpicky fitting than I normally am able to.
I draped the bodice and mathematically drafted the sleeves.
My client needed a few tweaks, as there'd been a change in size since we originally measured her and when I was able to actually start sewing. (This is why I always try to get my clients to give me their measurements as close to start time as possible.)
I also switched from side darts to full princess seams.
I then took the muslin apart and transfered the measurements to paper patterns.
Stitching it all up!
We worked it out so that I saw this client two days in a row, and could test the body of the dress right away and make a few further adjustments.
BTW, the fabric is five yards of a bridal satin I found on eBay.
Very simple collar.
I then put the zipper in to make it easy to put the dress on and off the dress form, as opposed to having to pin up the back each time.
I was quite generous in the hem allowance, to say the least!
The fabric was a bit fussy to work with, and I went with my blind hem foot to eliminate as much puckering from the hem seam as possible.
Sleeve time! The first time I cut out the sleeve puff, it was too small. :(
So I cut it again and added some tulle to the inside to help accentuate the puff shape.
Sleeves, buttons and an apron in Part 2!