I have this skein of Madelinetosh lace that is sitting in my stash bin, waiting to be turned into a dress.
I initially intended to design a dress pattern for the yarn. In fact, I have a few not-entirely-complete designs floating around somewhere in my brain, but along with Liesl, these two patterns make me wonder if I'm just wasting my time when other gorgeous things already exist.
The first one, Teva Durham's Shetland Shawl Dress, is the kind of fluttery little overdress that makes my hands grabby in a store. These types of dresses, when found in the retail wild, always seem to cost some ridiculous amount- $200 or something.
The second is Mari Lynn Patrick's Featherweight Lingerie Dress, an etherial little slip that seems, from the completed projects, to be a bit short in the skirt, but still lovely (and easily modifiable for my long torso):
Along with these two and Liesl mentioned above, there's also Jennie Atkinson's Butterfly Dress, another lacy dress with a flapper twist.
The middle two dresses- the shawl and lingerie ones- are both in publications and not available as a Ravelry download. Maybe it's unfair of me, but I'm just plain uninterested in a pattern once it becomes obvious that I have to go off and buy a $25.00 book or hunt down a years-old magazine. I wonder if the publishers of the books are keeping the patterns from being distributed on Ravelry or what, but it seems like a wasted opportunity on their part.
Until then, maybe I'll do a few more sketches and hurry through my Meridien sleeves so I can try out a dress of my own...