Wow oh wow. Today was even better than I ever imagined, with food, frocks and a good nice cup of tea at hand. The Gables didn’t even know what had hit it when twenty-eight lovely ladies in most distinguished frocks descended upon them. Emboldened by Champagne, hems were upturned, fabric was stroked and necklines were poked at.
As you can imagine, the dresses were fantastic. If I had to pick some favourites, I honestly couldn’t. What is fun is the game of spot the blogger! (for a full list check out the lovely Melanie’s post here).
My journey to a SewCieTea dress was most definitely a long one. I’ll detail the construction more in another post, but to give you an idea of the crazy time commitment I was trimming the lace overlay at 12.55pm (SewCieTea started at 2pm), and replaced the zipper red basting stitches with pink basting stitches. Oh, did I mention that was with the dress form standing on the kitchen table while feeding the baby some quiche?
Overall, I’m really happy with the finished result. The lace trim I was planning on applying to the skirt had to go, and the crinoline wasn’t ready in time. The Eliza dress was very simple in it’s design which made the lace feature more (and saved on some construction time). I would estimate that I’ve spent 30 hours on this (over two months). My husband thinks it was more.
The dress swishes nicely, and has enough ease to fit in cakes, but gosh, 5m of hem is a WHOLE LOT OF HEM. The dress looks much more white in these photos than pink, which is really interesting.
The net result? I need to eat some greens this week, before this dress gets worn again at a Ball on Friday night. With a crinoline.
A big Thankyou to Melainie (PoppyKettle) for organising, Rachel (MyMessings) for photos, and to my lovely husband for helping me finish the dress, with cups of tea, beer, and also taking the baby out so I could finish hemming in peace!