Fancy dress and fun! My daughter's dear friend was married this past weekend and she needed a new dress. The dress that had been ordered wasn't quite up to the job, so I had the pleasure of trying to make a dress, inspired by the purchased dress.
When making your own dress, you get the pleasure of choosing what types of fabrics you would like to use. I was able to find a lovely shade of purple (wedding colour) in silk crepe de chine. I confess, I did not like working with that slippery silk. I usually like to work with silk, but this was not one of those times. :) I was fortunate to find a lovely black, embroidered lace fabric that was well weighted with the boarder design. It gave the lace fabric a lovely, lovely drape.
I stretched myself with learning some new skills. I have made two corsets in the past, but this was my first corselette. I made sure to study up on it as much as I could, as well as getting great advice from Dawn Luckham on the boning for the corselette. I also used Dawn's wonderful tutorial on how to cut and tip boning. The boning I have used in the past I just measured and purchased already cut and tipped bones. Not knowing what this project was going to be like, I needed to have the freedom to make bones as needed and time was short, so learning to do my own was great!
I quickly threw the dress onto the dress form, but it was not set up for Merissa's measurements, so the dress does not sit properly on it, but that's OK. I was trying to get placement for the straps I was putting on. I decided to quickly take a couple of pictures. This was after a very long night of sewing, so the display is not very good...sorry about that.
From this picture you get a good idea of the colours of the fabric.