It's done, and I'm very pleased.
Julia asked about the pattern I used for the first dress. I'll go into more details of both dresses (patterns, materials, etc.) after the dust settles from this weekend. In a nutshell, my daughter's dress is Princess Charming from Australian Smocking & Embroidery (AS&E) #58--minus the tulle overskirt.
A large chunk of time yesterday was spent on creating the cummerbund. I've never made fabric roses before, and the instructions provided were very detailed and easy to follow. That's what I love about AS&E!
First, I created 3 leaves:
Then 3 roses.....
And, to be honest, I was quite surprised at how well it came together:
Here's the dress from the front and the back. Once again, I cheated and opted for a machine hem with a tuck. I tried a sample with a hand-stitched hem, and I just didn't care for it. On this dupioni, I could see every stitch, even picking up only a single thread.The sash is extra wide which makes for a big bow. The dupioni holds the shape beautifully!
I do feel there is a slight problem with this dress. I left a little too much space between the last row of smocking and the waist stay. Had I realized this, I would have made the cummerbund a little bit wider. Ideally, I'd like the cummerbund to sit directly under that last row of smocking.
I'm really very pleased with the roses on the cummerbund...did I mention that? One more thing to finish up....the veil. I'm off to take care of that now!
I may not get to another post until after the weekend, but I promise pictures of my little princess from her special day!