I thought it was pretty, simple, could easily be "gothed up" and, best of all, it was on sale AND I had a 40% coupon so I got a good deal on it. When I received it, the seams were extremely puckered and the pleating across the bodice hung in a horrible, unflattering way. And it wasn't from me not filling it out! The lining was rather snug across the boobages.
So I returned it in exchange for another. The seams were better but I still had the same issue with the pleating. So I've decided to make my own. Here are my plans. :) And yes, that is indeed TV dinner paper that I wrote on.
If you click here, you will see my wedding dress which uses the same pattern I plan to use for this dress. The dresses on either side of me were made from the same pattern as well. I had 3 dresses in my wedding. :)
The body of the dress is flattering on me, I think. I'm thinking a simple short sleeve would be best so i am going to use the sleeve off an old t-shirt as my pattern. I can add details, if needed, to it later. Here are my conundrums:
- Should I leave the bodice plain black like the skirt of the dress?
- Or should I break up the plain black a little by either doing a black lace overlay or finding a pretty black brocade?
- If I do a plain black bodice, should the sleeves be plain black or lace or some sort of see-through material?
- If the bodice is dolled up, what should I do with the sleeves?
I'm just at a loss on what I want to do here and would really appreciate feedback! And, if it helps, below is my sister's dress. Very simple and elegant so I don't want to do anything that could detract from her in anyway. There are no other girls in the wedding party.