I had a few ideas in my head but what resulted was a TNT dress in blue shot silk. The fabric was a remnant pieces so I doubt it was real silk. It was cost $3/m.
The fit was good but I will lower the neckline because it's too high for the v to be elongating.
Simplicity 9747 is the pattern I used. It has french darts at the front and I was able to take out some of the fullness under the dart point.
The back darts were added in after I put the dress together. I can now make it fit better without it looking too wide.
I love using invisible zips for dresses. They are just too easy.
The blue neck edge was my first play with the neckline.
This is the finished version with beading. You can see that the v neckline is above the bust point so it's a bit too conservative for me. All I will do for the next wear is drop it a couple of inches and rearrange the beading.
So since the party, I think cocktail dress for 21 year olds means = no jeans an t-shirt.