So here are some photos:Look at that train!
As you can see, I haven't quite done the lace-up back yet... I have taken the side seams in by 5mm or so on each side so the side seams would align with the side of my body better (if that makes any sense at all!). Before I start messing with the lace-up back, I am going to try it out on one of the mock-up corselettes from before so I have a better idea of the shape and size of the 'V' gap at the back.
I'm also tempted to include a bit more details at the back of the dress. After all, this is where people will spend lots of time looking at during the ceremony! Currently I'm thinking about a pretty bow which could cover the bottom of the lace-up (and the short zipper underneath that) and help with the bustle... but I'll worry about these details later!
My tasks for the next couple of weeks include (of course I like my lists... I'm a tax accountant after all ;) ):
- Start hand finishing seams of all layers - overcasting and catchstitching...
- Practise lace-up back on bodice mock-up
- Possibly hand basting some of the pleats to keep them in place;
- Hand basting all layers together (oh yes, we decided that I'm keeping the lining layer too... so that makes it 7 layers altogether! but they are surprisingly not that bulky, phew)
- Machine attach all layers but corselette lining whilst minding the pleats
- Attach the corselette lining layer to the above and flip - and hope for the very best!
- Finish the diagonal drape line
- Insert lace-up back
- Make up another list for the following weeks!
So quite a lot to do really! better crack on, especially as I would quite like to enter the PR April contest - RTW... more on that to follow I'm sure ;)