I'm back from Malta! Naturally, the first thing that I had to get to was to finish off my wedding dress.
The only things that are left to do on the dress is the hem and the bustle. Although I haven't been able to finish it all off completely, I think I have made decent progress so here's an update.
I completed the hem! This took soooo much longer than I anticipated - I had to ensure that the dress is the right length (taking into account the wedding shoes), the hem is level, the train is the right shape, insert the horsehair braid (I used the 2.5cm width in the end) and then blind hem it whilst attaching the hem to the lining layer by hand. It pretty much took all day!
Then I played around with the bustle a little. At the moment I'm leaning towards a French bustle - the reason being that all the ribbons will be on the inside of the dress, so I don't need to worry about hiding the hooks etc. Also I didn't want more volume around the waist/hip area of the dress given its dropped waist and princess seams.
I had a quick attempt with the pins - what do you think? please do ignore the pink ribbon on the lace-up back - I'm saving the self fabric ribbon until the wedding. I am also planning on trying out the 2-tier French bustle this weekend - and I'm determined that the wedding dress will be completed this weekend!