I finally finished Katies dress last week, however I didn't finish my own.
I will finish it this week and wear it to the wedding we're going to Saturday here in St Louis.
I ended up wearing the Chinese brocade skirt that I made last year for SWAP with a pink chiffon pleated (purchased) top that has been in my closet several years. It worked. Not what I wanted, but it was more important to get the girls dresses done and perfect.
I have to state that I sweat making Katie's dress. I fit the inner corselet to her that is the base for the bodice, way back last May. I draped the muslin for the skirt, then didn't like it, and draped another one when she was here for 3 days in July. But it's been my experience lately that there has been quite a bit of fitting to do after the muslin, once we're in fashion fabric.
I was so nervous, and finished then took apart and checked and re-checked and modified the blue dress numerous times.
And in the eventuality, I really feel that I've never done a finer job on any garment I've made than I just did on Katie's dress.
Construction-wise, it's as perfect a garment as I've ever made.
I used spiral steel boning in the inner corselet, and made the inner corselet long enough that it was hip high. I added an inner waist stay in the form of a grosgrain ribbon belt, and attached it in the manner outlined in Susan Khalje's Bridal Sewing book.
One of the more frequent comments I heard re the dresses during the wedding reception was:
"We love the dresses, and each dress seems to suit each girls personality so well." And I think it's true - the girls are very different and each would have been very uncomfortable in the style the other wore.
But as it was, they each loved their dress - felt very comfortable, as if they were as pretty as they could be in what they were wearing, and it Showed in how they conducted themselves all day.
Editing to add a pic of the girls with the bride - Becky, yes, these were bridesmaids dresses for my dsd's to be in my Brother-in-law's wedding (their uncle)
Thank heavens they're done.
This week I'll finish the dress for me, AND get the next step up for the coat sewalong. Finally!