I drafted and sewed in the facing. This is the first time I did this from scratch without a ready pattern piece. It went swimmingly. I'm so thrilled that along with having the chance to work on such an amazing project that I am picking up some seriously awesome construction and design skills.
Did I show you guys the pattern I used as the base for this gown? I don't think so. Here it is....
It was a great pattern to start with. It has separate pattern pieces for different shaped bodies to get a perfect fit. I drafted a new neckline, lengthened the sleeves, pleated the shoulder of the sleeves instead of darting them (that was my sewing fairy Rivkah's beautiful idea), redrafted the skirt panels into A- shape, added the godet it the back for the train.
Sewing in the facing.
Finally sewing the skirt to the bodice :)
Here she is!! Keep in mind she's wearing a black slip with black tulle underneath. It's all I had at home yesterday. I'm going to make her a new one in ivory. The side seam is getting tacked down, it won't be sticking out like that. The back seam is still pinned because I haven't installed the zipper yet. She will be wearing a 2.5" satin sash at the waistline.
My list of stuff to do until she gets back.
1. Hem sleeves
2. Hem underskirt
3. Apply lace trim to hemline
4. Fix a couple of tiny cords that pulled to the right side of the lace
5. Sew her veil and attach clips
When she comes back for the final fitting I will install the zipper and send it on it's way.
She looks incredible. I cannot wait to see her in it with her hair and makeup done at the wedding.