Tuesday, January 6, 2009

An actual sewing post.

There are red things cut and even sewn together... See that on the left?? It's the muslin. Cut apart. After 6 fittings. Now I am cutting things out. And even sewing! It seems like sometimes I never get to the sewing. Here's how it's gone:

Thursday: Fitting at home. Bust is a problem.
Friday: Packing and laundry meant no-sew... Boo.
Saturday: Driving for 10 hours and spending the night with the boy's sister meant no-sew...
Sunday: Church, unpacking, and helping with youth group meant no-sew...
Monday: Cutting and class... Lots of futzing with layout, a circle skirt for lining(which I think I am going to end up cutting down somehow... Starts getting full too fast.
Tuesday: A trip to Hancock's for boning, horsehair, underlining, and netting. SEWING!! I cut out AND stitched the underlining, and fitted it before adding the cups.

I feel like such a tease. This is not the real deal, but the underlining of the bodice and the skirt lining... Note, I am using sew-in cups... a bit of a copout, but at the same time not really. It took a long time to make it this far, and a million and one fittings weren't making it look right without them... So today I bought them and in they went.

I am thinking of including something to add more support to the girls... thus eliminating a big fitting problem. the solution may end up being this bra that Victoria Secret makes. I am doing the back-and-forth thing... Maybe a fitting tomorrow will be the determinant.
Who am I kidding? Time will be too. I already have the cups. They need to go in sooner rather than later. I am starting to feel the crunch a bit... only 18 days!

My last shot for the day will show you the contrast, which is to the right, and the tuelle for my peekaboo ruffles on the petticoat! I am going to layer the gold and the red for a 4" ruffle as the "hem" on the lining. The rest will be stiffer stuff, but this is too fun to miss. I want to carry those gorgeous tones through to the bottom of the dress and maybe bead a bit to really set them off... I am getting pretty excited!

The formal is on the 24th, and the boy doesn;t read the blog so he has no idea what the dress looks like... It'll be fun to surprise him.

My parting question:

What color shoes does one wear with such a dress? Silver or gold jewelry?


  1. Awesome!! I can't wait to see the finished the product.

    I'm partial to silver jewelery.

  2. I think you should go with gold jewelry since some of your tulle has gold tones in it! Beautiful dress, BTW.

  3. Wow - it's going to be gorgeous! Can't wait to see more pictures! :)

  4. It's good to see the understructure, I think-- makes you appreciate how much work has gone into this. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished result!

    And I'm generally a silver jewelry girl, but the gold would probably tie in better since it's already in the dress.

  5. i second margeaux. go with gold, since you have gold accents in your dress.

    or you could really crazy and wear black jewellery! black and red make such a lovely contrast.

  6. Hi! Nice blog! Your dress is going to be beautiful!
    I would say go with gold
    and red strappy heels!


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