So I've done all of the sewing...got the sleeve to work...and before I sewed the lace down I took one final set of measurements to make sure the dress would fit. Now let me say that I'm making the dress to her measurements - her exact measurements with minimal ease. Hey she's 17 with a great body and a tight elegant dress is fine.
However, I took the bust measurement and I'm an inch and a half short. I'm freaking out. Seriously people freaking out. I've taken out several of the seams but being the wonderful couture sewist that I'm NOT, I not only sewed the new seams but I removed all of the extra fabric by pinking the seams.
Of course I'm not a perfect pinker so the seams are larger in some areas than others. Did I care when I was pinking? Hell no! I was just thrilled that I had seams that wouldn't show through the silk.
I even got the sleeve in P-E-R-F-E-C-T-L-Y! Peoples I had to find a sleeve pattern. Adjust it down from a size 14, fix the sleeve cap, hand stitch the lace to an organza base, and insert it...then to have it fit P-E-R-F-E-C-T-L-Y was no small feat. I have to tell you that I'm dayum proud of that sleeve.
Here's where you say, "No problem do another fitting!" In a perfect world I would. But my niece lives over an hour away and has to work today. I'm supposed to deliver the dress tomorrow. I should be stitching the lace down, inserting the lining and hemming the dress...all doable by this evening/later tonight BUT here I sit paralyzed...trying to figure out if the dress will fit or if I need to take out some of the seams again. *sigh*
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Speed forward a few hours...OMG! My SIL just called and my measurement is off! She will fit the dress top just fine! I'm off to finish up the dress ~ paralysis is over ~ I can breathe again...