I think this is the most fabric I've ever used in a single go. I didn't believe it when I saw someone go through 2 bolts of muslin working on their wedding gown, but I can see how now.
I am really excited about how great this is looking and how well it is coming together. The draping was my biggest concern, because the entire dress is a Frankenpattern of sorts... Iteration 3 of the dress I found tucked away in the costume shop. The original was ripped apart to have a second life as a pattern. It became Sunset, the red dress I ripped apart to use as a pattern when I realized its muslin was long gone. You see it above in the middle layer of the pattern sandwich, with muslin round one on top and length and a train added with mostly ignored guidance from Vogue 2788 on the bottom, augmented by newspaper. It is crazy to think that the red piece is knee- length. It's been a journey, friends. But the finish line is in sight.
I spent 2 movies drafting the back, and another one drafting the front. At that point, I started to cut, and we're looking at another movie and a half there. Then there was the scary moment where I thought I didn't have enough fabric... because I ordered everything a month or so ago. And so there was biting of nails until I laid everything out, and it was all gravy, but with 8 yards of 54" fabric, JUST barely. The laying out muslin pieces on pretty silk was all podcasts, but I think I listened to 3? So another hour?
I pinned all of my pieces in over the course of another 2 podcasts, but these were game shows and This American Life, so I think that's another almost 2 hours. They went together very quickly because of all the prep though, so just another hour and change. Lake Woebegone and Ask Me Another.
This dress is a yardage monster, but I think it is worth every little bit. It is also the most time I have spent on a single garment... If we add it up, to this point, that's 5.5 movies. Let's just say they're each a little over 2 hours long. 2.25x5.5? 12.375... 12 hours and 20 minutes, ish. Plus another 4.5 hours of podcasts. And the pictures you're looking at are from a fitting session that was about an hour. So... Let's round up and say 17 hours to that point. Seventeen.
But it's worth it.
It is, after all, my wedding dress.