I’ve been making HUGE progress on the gown. Most nights I dream about the next steps. It is turning into a more complicated project than I first thought it would be – but isn’t that always the case! Last night – I even plunged in and cut out the lace pieces!
Pardon the layout of this picture – but I was trying to get her in the sunlight from the patio doors to reveal the ever so slight pink tinge to the gown – which we are both delighted with! If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that is from layering the silk taffeta outer fabric over a pale pink batiste. I found when going to baste all the princess skirt sections together, that I couldstillsee the seam allowances, so I also added a layer of china silk under the pink batiste – so the skirt is 3 layers thick, then to be independently topped with our wonderful lace – as shown here.
She is thrilled with the silhouette of the back skirt – with the additional pouf we added from the donated crinoline as previously described. See it – well kind of – in the picture on the right below.
The fun part then was cutting off the beading and 3 D flowers from the seam allowances of the lace. We plan to scatter the flowers on the veil a bit too (a bargain at $6 from Hobby Lobby on 50% off!).
Jewelry: she seems to see that a simple strand of pearls is all this dress needs – nothing more ‘showey’. I have a very sentimental strand that turn out to be the perfect color. She took them along to see if she could match some drop earrings.
OH – and all this on a day when my precious grandson Cole was with me. We had a blast going out to ‘puddle stomp’ after the rain died down. We also went on a worm hunt – but to our surprise, there weren’t worms all over the sidewalks. Sew…we had to dig in the garden. Found 3 – one for him (a white centipede), and then a medium worm he named “Mommy” and a big one he named “Dabee” – her fiance who he dearly, dearly loves. This granny must show a picture…
Really must get to WORK! The ‘Barney’ van awaits – packing for the International Quilt Festival show in Chicago I leave for tomorrow…
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