Shew is an understatement! It is with tears of joy that this project is complete, but tears as the final product left my studio last night! This bride wanted extravagant and that is what she got. She wanted a "peacock" skirt with lace bodice, 3/4 sleeves and a neckline to showcase her assets.
As I worked the math in my head, I knew I would need yards among yards of chiffon. I placed my order and immediately began working when it arrived. So I cut, and I cut, and I cut. Chiffon is one of the easiest fabrics to cut in this way. If working with the right scissors, the fabric will just glide away. But it was never ending........and that was just the beginning......
In between cutting the chiffon, I would work the base of the dress. Draping just how I wanted the dress to fall. So really the basic construction was ready to put together. HOWEVER, I still had to actually put all those pieces of chiffon on the dress. The first try of the chiffon skirt did not give the dress as much dimension as I had hoped for. So I decided to add a little bit of "poof". I enlisted one of my sons to cut squares of tulle, which I also placed in each square of chiffon, to give it this textured look.
No doubt my own curiosity had it's own consequences. As I worked the skirt I kept wanting to pin it back to the dress form. Let's just say, my back now feels the regrets of that curiosity.
In the end, all the hard work was well worth it. I had a fabulous gown for a fabulous bride. I finished the dress off with a corset back, a scalloped neckline trim and some acrylic spray.
Stay tuned for more photos of this dress.......and the mini version that was made for the bride's daughter!