Hello again, friends.
I was initially considering sharing those pictures once the dress was all finished… but you’ve been so supportive and understanding about it that I decided to share them with you sooner than later. 🙂
Here is the first version of my gown – in blue dupioni, with an overskirt opening out to a white taffeta panel.
Technically, I am honestly happy with how it looks.
However, my petite frame (154 cm/barely over 5 feet and 47 kgs/103 lbs) looks somewhat overwhelmed in this majestic dress… I am not perfectly at ease in it. All those layers of stiff fabric at the front are too much for me. As a matter of fact, I like the flowing look of the lining much better.
So, I removed the overskirt and re-stitched the dress (which did mean re-sewing the bodice front by hand, again) to see the effect of a simpler dress; yet I still wasn’t sure I was 100% happy with it. (I would be re-making the middle panel in dupioni in that case, though). Even though it has been washed and has lost a bit of its stiffness, the dupioni is still very… majestic. I can’t find a better way to put it. We absolutely adore the colour and the uneven texture, though.
If you have any suggestions, by all means, fire away! They will be very welcome.
I wondered whether the underlining was partly responsible for the stiffness, but I really don’t think so – it is very thin and lightweight.
Now that I’ve put it aside for 10 days, I’ll try the dress on again tonight, and hopefully Seb will manage to take a few minutes off his frantic thesis work to take pictures!