You could sell these to Star Trek fans. Embrace you inner geek! Or your outer one, if you've married a geek or have geek friends. Which I have, so add me to the people wondering where you got this fabric.
You mentioned the lining was slippery and hard to sew. If you have any tips for working with that kind of fabric, I'd love to hear them.
I love this dress. The simple style of the dress allows the great tree pattern to show to full advantage, and the pink tie looks good with the green--and I say that as someone who's been anti-pink nearly all my life.
Because of this dress, I think I'll always remember to check the thrift store & garage sale sheets.
Great thead! Because of this thread, night before last I finally made my own dummy. I made the paper tape one that is shown in the Theads article previously mentioned; it's also shown in Barbara Deckert's book about sewing for plus-sized women. It's supposed to be made with plain, old-fashioned brown pape tape that you moisten to make stick. The only kind I could find also had strings built into the tape to reinforce it. With tax, it cost about US$7 at an office supply store, but three layers of tape around my plus-sized torso left between 1/4 to 1/2 the roll and it seems to be pretty strong. One problem, though, is that, because each strip of tape has to be moistened, this takes longer than duct tape would. It took my husband nearly two hours to tape me up; then to make sure it was dry we watched an episode of Ranma (with me standing) before he cut me out of it.
What I learned from the experience: 1. Because you're going to be standing for a while, wear comfortable shoes, don't do it in your sock feet like I did. 2. Try on the sacrificial shirt first, so that if need be you can baste an extra bit of cloth to the neck or bottom. I didn't realize mine was stretched at the neck until we started, so the dummy neck doesn't go up as high as I would like. 3. If you have bandage scissors, they really do work better for cutting you out of the contraption than regular scissors would. 4. If you get your husband or bf to tape you up, the experience may put entirely other ideas in his head.
It's great to see so many Austen fans here. I hate to sound like a dittohead, but great minds think alike, right? Totally agree about the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Darcy is the sexiest of Austen's heroes anyway, and Colin Firth was particularly yummy in the role. The Regency dress at Sensibility would make a great wedding dress; if my sister ever gets married, I wonder if I can bully--I mean, gently persuade--her into choosing that dress, which would sooo suit her figure. I love xmelinda's Photoshopped author's pictures, and the idea for book pillows--if you start making either one of those, how would you ever stop?
As for things to use in Austen crafts, I know this isn't original, but some of the older editions of Austen's novels (and other 19th century novels, for that matter) have good illustrations that could be copied and played with. Your public or university library may have older editions to look through. One day I want to do something with some of those great old Dickens illustations or some of the ones from the Staunton Complete Shakespeare--maybe coloring sheets or a small framed picture for the craft/guest room.