As a self-/Internet-taught sewist, I'm occasionally seized with doubt as to the correctness of my methods. Usually that doesn't bother me for long, as I figure that if something works for me and my purposes, it's good enough. But then you start doing things like making your own patterns available to other people, and coming up with little hacks to make things like faux wrap dresses, and you just want to put out a disclaimer to make sure people know that you don't really know what you're doing. Hence the term faketorial, because I've got a healthy dose of imposter syndrome.
Debi very kindly asked if I would post a tutorial on how I extended my bias-cut top pattern to turn it into my leopard-print dress, and I'm almost embarrassed to show this diagram. It's so haphazard and unscientific! But here's what I did:
So yeah...that's all there is to it! Just grab a meterstick and line it up with the side seam angles, then extend out. FYI, to get the tea-length dress I extended out by about 25" at the side seams, and 29" at the back. The more you angle out that back line (or even the sides, if you have the fabric for it), the more flare the skirt will have. Hopefully that helps if you're thinking about turning a top into a dress. And thank you, dear readers, for all the kind things you had to say about that dress! I wasn't sure about it, but you've all convinced me that it doesn't deserve to go to the back of the closet.
On a totally different note, I've been finishing up the trimming on my shieldmaiden gown, and I'm beginning to think about accessories. One dilemma I have is what to do about my hair -- it's obviously too short for the standard lady of Rohan -- but is it worth it to try and get a wig? And if I do get a wig, should I go with one that matches my natural hair color, or blonde like Eowyn's? Or just rock the short hair?