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It’s a hit!

My Aunt Bonnie sent me an email to let me know, she finally had the opportunity to wear her white dress to a gig with Late Night Brass at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, and she got a great reaction! When she first arrived, someone literally said “wow!” And she received several more compliments through the evening. I’m so delighted to know it worked well for her!


Better pictures of the white dress

As promised, here are better photos of Bonnie’s white dress.  My apologies if any of these load slowly; I went ahead and used larger images than normal so you can see greater detail.  Otherwise, white just doesn’t look that different from … other white.

A close up of the frilly lettuce style rolled hems for the chiffon layers.  Bonnie told me that despite my descriptions, she hadn’t entirely known what to expect of the skirt, and that she thinks the outcome is just beautiful.  The bias cut and lettuce edge both resulted in a skirt that moves nicely as she walks and should be really great when she is moving and shaking up on stage.

This second photo is of the dress bodice, and you can see a bit of the detail (all those seams for the corset!) and that the bust and skirt both have chiffon while the corset does not.  It’s a subtle difference but I think the outcome is very feminine.  Bonnie commented that she felt very secure, and confident that she could move freely without anything falling out of place (which is what 3 yards of boning will do for you) but that at the same time the dress is comfortable and she feels like she’ll be able to breathe deeply enough to really sing.

The whole picture.  Our goal was a flattering white dress, breezy enough to wear alongside men in Hawaiian shirts but constructed well enough to be slimming, and without looking too bridal.  I think this does the job!  More importantly, so does Bonnie.


Coming soon…

Now that Bonnie’s white dress is finished, I have a whole assortment of “next” projects in mind.  (Oh, and yes, she came over yesterday to pick up the dress and to let us take some better photos, which are coming soon, but not right this second).

I’ve just started a few reusable grocery store bags, as a worthwhile use for some fabric I bought two years ago and have never used.  I have also promised to go ahead and finish the shirt my husband asked for a loooooong time ago (there are *several* reasons why I’ve procrastinated on this project, but I admit it’s time to bite the bullet and reward my sweetie for all the evenings he lets me all but ignore him in favor of my Singer).  And I’m going to make myself a few new garments for work.  It’s hot out and I want cooler, more comfortable garments.  I’m thinking of possibly starting with this:

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I’ll post details and photos and all the rest as these projects move along.  And better photos of the white dress, too.


Note to self: don’t bleed on the dress

My aunt Bonnie came over this afternoon to try on the white dress – hooray!  Shortly before she came, Eva just begged to go pick blackberries in the back yard.  I always get scratched up to no end from the tiny hook shaped thorns on the blackberry bramble.  So despite a thorough handwashing, I didn’t notice that one finger was still bleeding slightly until I saw the BRIGHT red drops on Bonnie’s dress as I was attaching the hooks and eyes.

Thankfully, prompt application of hydrogen peroxide removed the stain *completely*.  We determined where the hooks and eyes should go on the neck strap, confirmed that one spot on the hem in the back needed to be straightened, and addressed the corset which was bunching slightly in the front.  All three minor issues have since been resolved and the dress is finished!

We took a few pictures when Bonnie was here this afternoon.  I hope to take better photos (with better lighting, where you can see the difference between white chiffon and white satin) soon but for the moment I will go ahead and post what I have.  Looking good, Grantie!  Looking good!



I have been sewing all day (when I wasn’t running errands, which was also all day it feels) and Bonnie’s beautiful white dress is 99% complete – just a quick fitting and a few hooks and eyes to go.  Here are photos for you to admire!

And just in case she should get cold in the balmy Florida heat, there’s a cute little scarf to accompany it!

I’m off to bed.  More tomorrow!


A little more than they came to see

I made a bit more progress on the dress yesterday; cutting out the fabric for the outer dress and beginning to sew it all together.  I also, on a whim, took the two chiffon skirt layers and pinned them up to the dress form to assess what the finished dress will look like.  Unless I add another layer, it will be see through (which might not be entirely appropriate for Bonnie to wear to public performances!).

Chiffon is a sheer fabric, and I knew this, but I had expected that the lining underneath would provide enough coverage.  With the fabric layers all draped over my cutting table, it looked like I was right.  But, hanging on the dress form where the light can shine from behind, it’s clear that the lining is not sufficient, so tomorrow I’ll hit the fabric store for a little more satin and put a layer of satin beneath the chiffon.

In the meanwhile, I have the bodice pieces sewn together and I’ll spend this evening hand sewing the bra cups in place.


Under Dress

I’ve been in an absolute frenzy the past few days but making so much wonderful progress!  I now am far enough along on my Aunt Bonnie’s white dress to have something worth showing.  🙂

The photos below show the foundation for the corset and bodice, as well as one of the three skirt layers.  I debated sewing all three layers directly to the outer dress.  Instead, the two layers of chiffon will be attached to the outer dress and the lining is attached here.  This way the seams can face towards each other and a finished surface is what will face towards the body, which I imagine will be more comfortable.

In the outer dress the distinction between the corset and bust will be a bit more pronounced, as they’ll be made of different fabrics.  For the under dress, different fabric wasn’t necessary and the boning runs the full length to provide the best support.  Still I think you can really begin to see the shape this dress is taking!

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