The dress is done! It's actually been finished since Monday but that was the very same day that spring quarter kicked off and it did so with a vengeance. The weekend is poised to be equally busy so I thought I'd squeak this in now despite the chance it will probably be a shorter post. Also, I'll just say now that I don't have one overall great photo of the dress. The need to clean up the sewing room and get the dress put away safely, on top of no good place to stage a photoshoot, precluded me from getting any "ooh" or "ahh" -worthy pictures. I suppose you'll have to wait until August!
Below are a bunch of detail shots. Putting modesty aside for a moment, I'm pretty impressed with that back zipper and the trim. If you could lift up the zipper pull you'd see that the trim pattern is perfectly matched and the three bars seen on the far right meet up just so at the middle, too.
The skirt hem was embellished with small bugle beads that match the waist trim and neckline. I spaced them about ever 3/8" after first trying to get a continuous line of them, then realizing I would be bald on my wedding day from having pulled all my hair out in the process of beading! The other hem shot shows construction details: 1" horsehair just above the bead line, then the stitch line of the ruffles, then 1/2" horsehair on the skirt hem to finish it off, and lastly a narrow hem on the ruffle band.
And lastly, two looks on the inside. The monogram made it after all! I used it as a small patch to then stitch the tulle band together at the center back seam.
Finally, there will be no garter toss at this affair. So for a glimpse at the underside of the dress, here you go!
It feels great to have completed the dress. I'm really thrilled with it and it does give a huge sense of accomplishment and pride. However, I'm also relieved to put it in a garment bag and move on to the millions of other tasks! Next up is the flower girl's dress and possibly a suit for the ring bearer, but that depends on what get-up Matt selects for the gents. I've had a ton of questions about wedding theme colors and didn't have an answer until about a week ago. Then, while trolling some favorite sites this week, my choices were confirmed as "my colors" were all over the place, and in some fabulous applications! See if you can figure them out (it shouldn't be hard):
There are some cool fabric samples in these colors strewn about the room but I'm just too lazy to scan them in to share. Check back later!