I really wanted the title of the post to say "DONE!" but I still have 1.5 hours of sewing left on the SW Mission Tank which is cut out in an ivory silk crepe. I can finish that up tonight when I get home...and finally my SWAP will be done.
But this last dress is F-I-N-I-S-H-E-D. It almost made me cry uncle several times because there is 8 hours of beading in this dress. I lost the lace for the lining of the dress and spent a precious hour looking for it only to find it on the cutting table.
please forgive the rug but it's standing in the hallway
waiting for me to empty my bedroom and lay it down!
The sleeves were made on Sunday evening but Monday I discovered that I cut them too long...so tonight they were recut, the lace reapplied and then once I started beading the first sleeve, I realized I didn't have enough beads. So it had to all be unbeaded and rebeaded using the beads in a wiser fashion.
To say I'm tired is an understatement...I've worked on this dress for 10 hours today! But it fits and looks lovely on...sorry but I only have close-ups and a hanger shot for you. Do you want to see it? Well here goes:
The dress in the pattern does not have a lining...but since I made mine from a linen/silk blend there was no way that it wouldn't be lined...and I added my signature lace to the hemline of the dress because it deserved no less:
3 yards of black lace @ $3.98 per yard from M&J Trimmings
It took three days to get all of the beading done. I also added a touch of piping at the front neckline to "finish" it off.
Beads and beading supplies (thread & needles)
from New York Beads Inc - $28.85
The navy linen/silk blend was from Fabric Mart at $9.99 per yard - I used 2.5 yards for this dress. And the blue rayon bemberg lining was purchased from fabric.com at $6.99 per yard.
Even if I don't win the SWAP contest ~ this dress is priceless because of all the techniques I used on a simple McCalls dress that turned it into a knockout....wait until you see it on...
I'll probably post one more group shot of all the pieces prior to the photo shoot but right now I'm off to bed...I'm one tired cookie and I have to work tomorrow!!!