I didn't sew regularly at all in those years, but miraculously, everything I sewed I actually did finish.
Evidence 1: a party dress of simple princess seams in red Bengaline.
I sewed this dress during a couple of days when we were snowed in after a storm. No classes and nowhere to go? Sewing was my coping mechanism... I couldn't quite sew the invisible zipper at the seam so it gapes visibly, but aside from that, the dress is quite ok.
Evidence 2: a velvet bolero, to go with the party dress.
Evidence 3: Missoni top
I copied another knit top I had that fit well. I had already cut all the pieces when I realized that the fabric was a bit too loosely knit and would hang too limply. I then interfaced each piece to give the fabric more body. That worked well, except that the fabric became a lot less stretchy and the top didn't fit anymore!
I added the two central strips to make it wider and disaster averted. I was so proud of how well I managed to match all the stripes!
The buttons are mother of pearl and they match beautifully in color and shine, but they are a bit too heavy. I keep thinking that I will change them, but never do...
I still wear it, and I get lots of compliments when I do.
Evidence 4: ballroom dancing dress
I made this dress my second year in grad school. I had joined the ballroom dancing club and I needed a dress for the weekend trips to the dance hall. The dress of course needed to have a wide skirt and be comfortable enough for some serious physical activity without straps falling or worse. The pattern was McCalls I think, I wonder where it is?