I was honestly surprised at how fast Maggie's prom dress went together and decided I need a closet full of dresses.
I heard from Laura and the sequin dress is just a little too big. (I know she didn't want to tell me, but I dragged it out of her). I think I'll go to Korea so I can alter it for her :)
I used Wild Ginger Pattern Master Boutique to get myself a pattern for a dress with a midriff section. I sewed a mock-up and from the waist down, it fit perfectly (yay!). The top half was good enough to show me that I would really like this style on me. But the shoulders didn't fit and I simply swapped out my TNT bodice block to make a frankenpattern. Fast and easy.
I still haven't sewn a fitting sloper from PMB; I like to just get a mock-up going and make manual adjustments. I figure, you need to sew a mock-up every time you try a new style anyway, so ... let's just cut to the chase, kwim?
oh oh oh - I got a GREAT book on pattern making and it didn't cost eleventy gazillion dollars!
Professional Pattern Making for Designers of Women's Wear by Jack Handford.
I found it used for $32 (via Amazon) and it is exactly what I was looking for. I already have good blocks and I want to make design changes using paper and pencil. Ha ha, in the end that is really the fastest and easiest way, now that I have some idea of what I am doing. I still love Bernina My Label and I have gotten several great garments out of Wild Ginger PMB, but now I can explore more using pencil, paper and a ruler.
THANK YOU for your comments about the car. Yes, NancyK's husband is right about the unibody. DH had told me that, too. And several of you told me to get it towed to a reputable auto body shop: done. It's all going to work out. Luckily for me, I am not much of a car person. It's not like they wrecked my Bernina.