There was a bit of a mishap though... I discovered what happens when you iron over your plastic tape measure...
Yep - it goes all melty and stretches and the printing transfers ONTO YOUR FABRIC!
Sigh! Luckily its on the lining of the skirt so hopefully no-one will notice....
Anyway! There was a lot of hand sewing to be done on this dress like the hem for instance:
And sewing on press studs, and other finishing bits that just couldn't be done by machine, so I spent a fair bit of time sitting on my butt in front of the television trying to pretend I was doing something else. It was all worth it though, because after several hours effort I ended up with this:
I am so happy with it - to me its a really good effort to replicate a pattern without the pattern! And like I said up the top, I am yet to do the bolero, but I'll have that done this weekend. And serendipitously, I have been invited to a party the following weekend where the host would like us to wear green accessories - green accessories will go PERFECTLY with this dress!!!
Oh, I just realised I forgot to tell you about the halter strap!
I put the dress on and put pins where I wanted the halter strap to attach, then I got out the tape measure and measured from one pin around the back of my neck to the other pin.
Then I made a strap that was green one side and parrots the other side, and put a button hole at each end (yes, I cheated and used a machine made buttonhole - I know!)
Then I sewed two lovely buttons on the inside of the bodice. This way I can wear the dress without the strap if I want, or with the green side out, or the parrot side out!
So what do we all think? I'm looking forward to getting the other piece of the ensemble finished and putting it all on - I think its going to look amazing (even if I do say so myself!)