Monday, May 7, 2012

Best intentions--best laid plans and life throws you a curve.
I had intended to update daily as I worked but as it turns out-I can either work on the dress or update the blog. Considering that time is ticking down--working on the dress won out.
As it turns out--Matilda only worked out for a bit. I decided I really didn't want that zipper to be 21 inches long and musician daughter's waist is smaller than Matilda's shoulders so--our happy bonding time came to an end. Which makes draping fabric difficult--fortunately musician daughter doesn't mind. Good thing because neither Pumpkin nor Ziggy would be any good as a Fit Model for  "The Dress."
So the last look was of the bodice completed in the fabric with the sleeves done in a polyester overlay-really would have preferred netting but you won't find that stuff anywhere here in this town. When I asked at JA if the fabric would take a dye (silly me--I had this idea that I could dye the fabric and get the gradients that I wanted--HAHHAHAHHA--they never heard of such a thing!!! Why would anyone do THAT???) they asked "WHY?"--ok just walk away now......walk quickly and hold your tongue. I've never been good at holding my tongue but for once I succeeded!  Yea--I know--put it on the calendar with a huge gold star on it.
Next up is adding those tiers of overlay to the skirt. The base skirt is in the same fabric as the bodice. The top two layers are a lighter blue overlay. Lightly gathered and then stitched into the seams. Yep--easy no problem.  It looks pretty frumpy when hanging on the 
hanger doesn't it--and funny with just the one gore on the front. 

That's ok--it does get better. 

Or at least--musician daughter thinks so and since it is her creation she's all that counts right now:) 

So this is how it stayed for about a week--with just the top two overlays in play and one gore for the skirt. 

Then today I had some time--

I had to wait for the model to come home though-got the rest of the skirt on and the first of the three dark blue overlays on.  I still would prefer netting and a gauze type of fabric but we're working with what we could find. Tis certainly not the fashion district around here! But I think we're doing ok...

Here's the front

Here's the back--and yes, it is supposed to be asymmetrical. Being the artsy person that musician daughter is--she couldn't go with the balanced look--she had to have things "layered and with character"--ok. 

And the side view--two more layers to add and a hem. The asymmetrical aspect of it would drive me nuts but it is not my dress to wear. The next two layers are both very asymmetrical too--
Just wait until you see the tiny little top hat she has created to wear with her dress. She plans to have her hair done and then have the hat pinned just to the one side of her head. Just a tiny bit off to the side. The hat is about 7 inches tall.  I have been told to make sure the hem is high enough that she doesn't trip and fall while walking up and down the stairs. 
I am fighting the urge to make her a wand and bring in a pumpkin from the garden.....question is...will I win the fight?

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