Luckily, the sun has come out since so I was able to get all dolled up and take these photos to show you the end result. I am so pleased with how it came out, words can't even begin to describe it!
Excuse my slightly squinty face...
I made the bolero by adjusting a pattern I already had - all I needed to do was redraft the front pieces, which was pretty easy, then add a mandarin collar. I probably could have done a better job on that bit, because I have never done a collar like this before. I just did a straight piece, but I think it could sit better if it had a slight curve in it. Never mind!
The detail you probably can't see from this photo is the brooch I used as a clasp. The pattern envelope doesn't show how they intended to fasten the bolero - no buttons or frogs or hooks and eyes. I toyed with the idea of adding a frog, but couldnt find one ANYWHERE. Then I came across this brooch and I knew it was perfect:
Its a vintage brooch with rhinestones and enamel, and while its probably seen better days I couldn't resist it!
Here is the back. I really like the way that the green bobble trim on the edge of the bolero defines where the bolero ends and the dress starts. I was originally thinking I would wear the bolero green side out, but it was just a bit too green for me... its still possible though, and I might wear it that way at times...
I just love the way that the rayon feels on - it drapes beautifully!
The whole ensemble is so comfortable to wear and I feel so glamorous in it. I need someone to throw an outdoor party - possibly in a tropical location - and invite me quick!!!
I also had this gorgeous hair accessory made by the fabulous Mira Mae at Berry Bombshell. Mira Mae has been making hair clips for a while and has FINALLY decided to open a dedicated Facebook page on which to sell them. You should really go and like her page here and have a look at her gorgeous hair pieces. The hibiscus flowers she used match the ones on the fabric PERFECTLY!
Sadly though, when I got home I realised I had forgotten to put on these gorgeous vintage earrings that I had purchased especially:
Aren't they just so precious! They are made of porcelain, and I'm going to try really hard to remember to wear them next time!
So what do you all think? Was it worth the 5 weeks work? Was there anything I should have done differently?