Here's a picture of the faux lace-up bodice. This was the most time consuming piece. First I had to tack down all the ribbon with french knots and this ridiculous inyourface pink thread. Then I had to iron both sides and stitch it down, then iron it back out and do all the sleeve details, attach the back/front and attach sleeves. Phew~!
Speaking of the sleeves, here's a close-up. The lace was really pretty and I couldn't resist!! So I told the lady to get me two yards-I was only planning on the very bottom of my dress having lace anyhow, so I approximated and boy was I wrong!! I knew it too, the second she started measuring the first yard. Instead of speaking up like a good little girl, I watched with horror. When I got home, I measured to make sure and sure thing, I was short almost 20 cm!! So instead, I opted for lace around the sleeves, a bit on the neckline and of course, a bit on my headbow.
Then there was the ribbon. Oh lord!! I thought we had an entire spool of this perfectly matching pink thread for the ribbon, but when I got home and found it, I realised we were almost completely out!! So instead of neatly stitching either side of the ribbon, I was stuck with right down the middle and god knows that's not very attractive.
Finally, there was the elastic! The elastic was this lovely shirring weight thread I could use to thread the bottom. Only the little bugger wouldn't work! So I did three rows (including one over the ribbon. ;() and no pull what so ever. What an awful thing. So I simply did three rows of plain stitching on the other sleeve to match and a bit for reinforcement.
Then the bow. Minus the little set back I had, I love this bow very much <3 The only problem (other than a proper band to thread it-I'm using a strawberry one hehe!) was the lace. I had sewn up half of the bigger bow and I was going to iron up so I could cut the other side and put in lace. Unfortunately, I forgot to check the lace's content before ironing it and I melted it!! Oh geesh. But it was alright because it was within the seam allowance.
Finally, I pulled on some tights and pranced around in my new shoes and dress. Want to see it now!?
Yay! I love it!! Sorry I blocked out my face...it was twelve and I had no make-up on and my brother took the picture so I didn't have time to take off my glasses, but it ended up with this awsome glow to it! Also, the dress comes to my knees, I was just doing a bust-out kind of pose in this-teehee!! And finally, there's not much poof because I haven't gotten my petti yet, but I did quick shimmy on my layered tule skirt.
Hope you guys enjoyed my dress!!