After a day and a half's work on the wedding dress, I have a lot to report back. The short version is - it's almost done! I think the only outstanding things are the lace-up back (with a zip at the bottom), the hem and the bustle! I couldn't believe it!
Here's a sneaky preview:
So all the layers have been attached, and the dress is now in one piece! The longer version of the story is that I did the following in the last few weeks:
- All pleats tacked in;
- Diagonal drape hand finished and hemmed to the underlining;
- Waist stay attached to the corselette;
- Corselette lining back seams re-opened for the waist stay to come through;
- The relevant sections re-sewn and hand finished;
- A suitable bra dissected...
- Bra cups sewn to the corselette lining;
- All layers other than the corselette lining hand basted together as they are;
- Corselette lining layer and the rest, with RST, hand basted and machine stitched at the neckline;
- I skipped the grading (I was too scared to cut into the seam allowance on the corselette lining - I decided that it was thin enough to not make a difference, plus the benefit that I won't worry about it fraying and breaking) but understitched all 7 layers of seam allowances to the corselette lining.
I think that's about it! I was really worried that something would go terribly wrong... especially as I was clipping into all 7 seam allowances at the neckline! Thankfully all the practice on sweetheart necklines has really helped - and I am really happy with how smooth the neckline has turned out to be!
Here are some work in progress and inside out photos:
So I can definitely see the finish line now... thankfully! I'm going to order some strong cord (the one that I liked from Liberty was not in stock when I popped into the store) for the lace-up loops and some (non-spiral) steel boning for the back closure before going ahead and finishing the dress! I'm so happy with how it's turned out so far and can't wait to finish it and wear it on my wedding day!