So there I was, inspired and with a few days off work. Hmmm. Luckily I found some mystery gunmetal gray fabric in my garage stash that would work with Burda 7808. I think it must be some sort of wool/rayon blend. I didn't know if it was washable, but that uncertainty never stops me from shoving the fabric into the washer. I hate dry cleaning so I pretty much always prewash fabric to make washable garments. The gray fabric came out great, it had a slight wrinkle to it that I really liked. BTW, the fabric is in no way shiny as suggested by the photos, it's just that my photos suck.
I think this dress has a slight Japanese aesthetic. I love those Japanese patterns and books but am too lazy to decipher the Japanese directions and pattern. I made many of the same mods that Joy did. I skipped the sleeve plackets, made the giant collar smaller and skipped the side zipper. I should have made the next size up since it's not exactly easy getting this up and over the melon, but it works well enough. I also opted to add the slightly rounded gathered front pockets to hold my little trinkets and trifles. Added later: I also shortened the pattern about 2.5" as I wanted it to land in the knee area.
Another good thing about this dress, I took these pictures after wearing this on a cross country flight and it looks just fine. Yay! Good travel dress. I've got alot of work flying starting now since holidays mean work for me.