I graduated Saturday Magna cum Laude with my B.A. in anthropology, and my family threw me a lovely party, for which I made this dress:
The process of making this dress underscored just how badly I need a dress form. I'm thinking of making one of those water activated paper tape dress forms. We'll see how that goes.
Here is a brief photoessay on this dress. Once again, all my fabric came from JoAnn's(there really isn't any other fabric store in town).
My lace cut into strips to be made into ruffles.
Arranging the layers on the cotton base skirt.
Sewing the layers in place.
First draft of the petticoat, which of course turned out to not be nearly strong enough to support the weight of the skirt.
Petticoat 2: ELectric Boogaloo. Really two petticoats gathered into one waistband, stiff enough to stand up on it's own. From this tutorial: http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html
The monster dress begins to take form. Don't let it fool you; it may look like a harmless mountain of tulle and lace, but it'll eat your children.
Pink satin sash.
This is the closest to a detail of the bodice I have at present, and you can kind of see the crystals on the pink lace and the pearls below it. I'll take a better photo, and one of the back of the sash, which has dove grey buttons, once I've recovered from the stress of graduation.