So right before Chanda's visit Dave and I spent an entire afternoon printing, gluing and cutting the pattern:
Whilst Chanda entertained Pip I worked on the toile for the bodice using old cotton sheeting and I was glad to have done so, as Sara was in between sizes and in the end needed the smaller size! So on Thursday evening of last week the dress was cut out and I worked all through the night (yep, I saw the sun rise!) to make the bodice and skirt pieces. It might seem kind of crazy to work a night shift but Sara was returning to Threave today and I wanted the dress made before she left so that I could make any adjustments as necessary; after all the wedding is exactly a month away!
On Friday morning my friend from prayer group who is also an experienced seamstress came to look after Pip and she cast her expert eye over the proceedings thus far and concurred that the fitting was correct. The rest of the weekend was spent clipping seams and underhemming thet interfacings so that they would remain in place. Once I had pieced the whole dress together Sallie popped by yesterday for the final reveal and she declared the job, well done! Phew!! So here is the dress as modelled by Gertie:
Front view with sweet heart neckline.
Back view ~ the dress wraps at the back.
Back cross over in detail.
Close up shot of the butterflies.
The only outstanding job is to hem the skirt but I cannot do that until Sara has purchased some shoes! I must admit she looks lovely in the dress and the material was just the right choice, Sara loved it as soon as she saw it online. It is a dress that she can wear again and the natural element totally fits in with the them of the wedding ~ the wedding invites were botanical print notecards, the wedding flowers also contain herbs and other foliage and the tables will each be named after a favourite tree/plant.
I think I can now breathe a huge sigh of relief! I am working on a waterfall cardigan for me and have bought two very reasonably priced dresses from ebay I am sure one of them is bound to be Ok... I hope!