So I should mention that I am praying that this dress fits my mother. I know her size generally, but, since I am doing this on the sly, I don't have her measurements. I used a dress that she lent me a few months ago and figure I can fit her and do alterations to the dress after I give it to her, for a better fit. I am confident that it will fit her as well as a dress off the rack at least.
So continuing from my last post, I used the muslin top and cut out the printed cotton sateen and silk organza and stitched them together flat, so that the pieces of cottom and silk could be treated as one. I also decided that a tulip style skirt would be the best bet since I didn't have an exact waist measurement to use, and that silhouette is quite forgiving, in case I'm off a little in the hip area. Plus, I know my mom likes the "rouched to the side" look, here are the patterns for the skirt as I was working on them:
Also, I decided to stitch the lace together for the caplet then lay the pattern pieces on it so the "stripes" of lace aligned with each other on the shoulder seam. The caplet is shaped around the shoulders so that it holds the dress up-- it basically acts like a halter strap. Because this is an actual part of the structure of the dress, I reinforced the shoulder seams and neck edge with 1/4" twill tape to strengthen the seams and prevent stretching. Here are a few pics of the cape coming together:
So I feel like this raglan front/caplet back could be a lovely look for a wedding dress with a boho or vintage romance feel, but I digress.
Anyway, I continued to cut the bodice and skirt, and stitched it all together...
I also decided it needed a belt. I used another piece of cotton lace to bring it farther into the design. I created a flower from pieces of the silk organza. and BOOM, done! BUT WAIT! I realized that the dress doesn't have any "glam factor" which I know is important to my mother. So I created a second belt, a Chic Pink belt, which has a rhinestone buckle, and put it to a vote for my Facebook fans...
The voting got intense and although the two options started out neck-n-neck, Chic Pink pulled away with a victory by a 3:1 ratio!
So to summarize:
I really hope my Mom likes the dress and is pleasantly surprised, since of course I mentioned to her that I chucked the whole thing! I realize it doesn't look bridal anymore, but that was part of the goal.. a lovely dress that can be worn to "typical" dressy occasions while still paying homage to a dress that held so much sentimental value.
A very happy anniversary to my parents! I kinda wish that brown velvet tux that my dad wore was still around for me to have a ball with! I'll be sure to post pics of my mom in the dress on my Facebook Page, so stay tuned!
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!