Today at school I did a mock-up of the type of dress I plan to make with my chalice fabric. It's a pattern making technique developed by Julian Roberts called subtractive cutting. It is very counter-intuitive for me and challenges my spacial intelligence in a big way. Katherine Soucie, who did some work with Julian, visited our class a couple of weeks ago and gave us a demo of the process.
I had challenges right off the bat with this mock-up, and it didn't really work out in the end, but it's not too bad for a first try I'd say. This fabric is very different from my chalice fabric in the way it will drape and hang off the body, so this is not a very telling photograph. I mostly wanted to experiment with the pattern making style before I cut into my precious fabric. I learned a lot and now know what not to do....(famous last words)