Sewing for others presents challenges unique from those of sewing for oneself. Especially when sewing for ones children (or stepchildren), and especially if they are teens or college age. The ability to articulate style elements, to communicate preferences, are not well developed in many people who don't sew. That inability gets exaggerated when those trying to convey an idea are your offspring.
I have committed to making the dresses for my two stepdaughters, who're scheduled to stand up in my brother-in-law's wedding at the end of August. They get to choose their own style, and fabric. They need not wear the same style dress (phew!). The Only stipulations the bride (my future SIL) put on them was that a. they be the same color, and b. they do not choose a pastel. Easy enough. Of course, the girls have chosen styles that require different drape characteristics, therefore, we can't use the SAME fabric. We need Same color, Different fabric. I was thrilled to find a source that has many different fabrications in the same colorways. NY Fashion Center fabrics. (totally off point, but they have foldover elastic in something like 90 colors)
I ended up spending $30 on fabric swatches. They ended up choosing Sapphire Blue, color 229. ( note that the color on the monitor and the color of the actual fabric swatch are quite different.)
I had Katie home last week for 3 days. We measured, and poured over designs and discussed endlessly what Exactly she wants this dress to look like. I told her I need pictures. We have a collage of pictures (see above), but None of them are Exactly what she wants. The real problem: She's seen "exactly" what she wants. In a magazine. When she was in high school. Four years ago. but she doesn't remember Exactly what it looks like, just that it was "perfect".
I've got one muslin mostly done, and I'm doing another one this afternoon. She gets back here tonight, then has to leave again Wednesday AM. So I've got to get this down, and right, tomorrow. She's going to Ecuador for a summer foreign study program, and I won't have her for fitting again til the day before the wedding. And then we'll all be in a hotel in northern IL.
Wish me luck.
Lauren is here for the summer. I'll tackle Lauren's dress in July!