Then, I recently found a lovely book called The Party Dress Book: How to Sew the Best Dress in the Room by Mary Adams. What a fun book. There are so many lovely dresses in the book. In any case, I took my disaster of a dress, and started working on it. I didn't have enough fabric to make another bodice, so I used a complimentary fabric, but didn't like the disconnected look between the two fabrics, so then I used a technique she suggests in which you sew strips of bias to the bodice. It really helped. It took me 3 days to get to this point in the process.
Now, I am working on :
- the skirt lining which will include some of the tulle shown on the floor under the dress,
- installing the zipper,
- adjusting the hem which is very uneven due to modifications on the skirt,
- adding a fabric to the hem using a technique of sewing on a fabric cut in the same circle as the bottom of the skirt (see details on the "Sewing the Feliz Dress" post),
- and lining the bodice.
Hopefully, I will like this dress once I finish. It is a bit different from the style of dress that I usually wear, but I love the color and fabric and I like fitted dresses, and I am working hard to get the fit right on this one.