The dress is done. She won't get it until the 14th because it goes on the advent calendar, but here are the photos on the mannequin (which is a bit bigger and taller). Silk, silk silk... I always end up with silk. But you know, it's a wondrous fiber, not at all what some people might think. It's strong and durable, can be washed in hot water, takes dye with brilliant results, and of course, it feels like a million bucks :)) I had the good sense this time and ordered in bulk from Dharma Trading- one bolt each of black and white habotai, as well as a bolt of 4.5mm white gauze. I use the gauze for nuno felts, which, btw, I haven't made in more than a year !! Oh well.
As you can see I manipulated the fabric as I did with my blouse, only this time I used Jet AB crystal beads.
And the shoes... Aren't they gorgeous? And the color matching went pretty well, if I may say so myself :)
Some details: I made a little bow at the back, using the extended bias. That was a tip from Roberta Carr's book. Hook and loop closure. My label under the ruffle.
Here's the lining being attached, and the finished dress inside out.Vicky asked if I cut the ruffles on the grain:
Yes. The sheerness of the gauze worked well this way, and the lace is very light as well. I used a 3-1 gather ratio.
Thank you for your well wishes. I feel a little better today, and having this done was a relief. I'm not sure if I'm ready to go into the black, so to speak, but I probably should. I really need that black dress...