Front view, modeled so nicely by my vintage Acme fully adjustable “living” dress form. 🙂
Another bodice pic. I tried to get those sparkly star effect thingys happening with the light prisming through the crystals, but obviously my photography skills aren’t up to snuff, and I wasn’t about to Photoshop them in.
So there we have it. Six yards of silk chiffon + silk peau de soie bodice embroidered with freshwater pearls, Swarovski crystals, silk flowers, japanese seed beads + petticoats and a variety of supporting layers = one completed prom dress. I had a lot of fun!!!
As I said a couple of posts ago, I’m using spiral steel boning for this bodice. I’ve only used such boning once before, and was very pleasantly surprised at how it refuses to become permanently bent out of shape during wear like the plastic boning. But it is a tedious process to cut the steel and cap it.
This time it went swimmingly, however, thanks to a suggestion, I taped the ends of the steel with my DD1’s ballet toe tape prior to tipping the lengths. Does your mind ever wander far and wide as you work on a project? Mine wandered to the question of rust. Do steel bones rust? I don’t think I want to go down that street…..
Boning channels in the bodice lining. I used an Egyptian cotton shirting – feels lovely next to the skin – for the lining, and grosgrain ribbon for the channels. I’ll be using spiral steel boning for the bodice.
Japanese iridescent glass seed beads, silk flowers, fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals for the bodice.
The waist is accented by a very flourescent lime green cummerbund. I could not for the life of me find silk in the colour I wanted, so ended up using this poly charmeuse, and it is awful to sew with – slippery, unpredictable and will not shape the way silk would. Once the dress is on dear E, the cummerbund will fit tautly and the handstitched pleating will not be so noticeable. The zipper is completely hand-picked. I’ve been craving some hand sewing these days, and this zipper was like a sip of cold water on a hot day when you really want to jump into a swimming pool. But there’s a lot more hand work to be done on the bodice yet….
I used Burda 05-2011-122 aka The Bombshell Dress for the bodice. We decided on a medium-weight ivory silk peau de soie. It’s a dream to work with. Here’s the interior.