I got many compliments on the velvet Christmas party dress. I was asked by one person where I bought it. When I told her I made it, she was amazed. I find it interesting that so many people seem to think sewing is akin to brain surgery. When ever I tell someone that creating a garment is not as tricky as they think it is, inevitably, they respond that they "could never do it." I always tell them that they will never know until they try.
Anyhow, here is a photo of me as we were leaving the party:
Here is another closer photo showing the dress a little better: