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My bodice is together and I tried everything on so that I could do a fitting. That means pictures! (Trying on the scale-y skirt is a hassle, because the organza is fraying because I was too lazy to hem it and though pinking it would be good enough. So I keep stepping on silk threads that are fraying and it's kind of a mess, but I'll trim all the loose threads eventually and it should be fine when I'm wearing heels instead of just socks.) Look! It's a dress!

I've cut down the front neckline since these pictures. Although, it sort of looks like the back neckline could also use cutting down too. I was hoping I could get away with not boning the bodice, but the waist wrinkles say otherwise. (Just slightly too long-waisted. Darn.) I'll try boning just the side seams. Some of the wrinkles disappeared after shortening the right strap. I have a sloping right shoulder.

The second picture shows the inside of the train. It's the ruffled balayeuse. The little silver thing at the hem is a weight.

I bought a bunch of fake flowers this evening. I'm planning on making a big ol' corsage and some sort of hair ornament. Tiara should be arriving any day now!

Off for the weekend in the morning. I hope I get the eyelets done!

Date: 2015-06-26 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlightmasque.livejournal.com
WOW! WOW! WOW!

It's so pretty!

Date: 2015-06-26 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thanks! *blushes* We will both be pretty princesses!

Date: 2015-06-26 04:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koshka-the-cat.livejournal.com

This is going to be fabulous!

Date: 2015-06-26 05:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
I hope so! I've been using all your pictures and notes from your 1880s pink satin evening bodice for construction. Thanks for that! Super helpful!

Date: 2015-06-26 05:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] llyrafantasyfae.livejournal.com
Wow! I live your take on the Little Mermaid!

Date: 2015-06-26 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm glad it reads as mermaid-y. :)

Date: 2015-06-26 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] atherleisure.livejournal.com
It's coming along so nicely.

Everything I've read says bone 1880's bodices. Apparently once the bodices passed the waist in the 1870's, boning became more or less unavoidable. The only antique 1880's bodices I've handled were well-boned - not every seam, but the side seams and front darts were all boned.

Date: 2015-06-26 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thanks! Good to know. All the 1880s bodice insides I've seen pictures of are boned too. Makes sense.

Date: 2015-06-26 12:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isabelladangelo.livejournal.com
That looks lovely!

Date: 2015-06-26 01:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thank you! :)

Date: 2015-06-26 12:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashamanja-babu.livejournal.com
Beautiful! And you have such a great shape!

Date: 2015-06-26 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thanks! It's all the layers: corset, padding, petticoats. Takes a long time to get dressed, that's for sure!

Date: 2015-06-26 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quincy134.livejournal.com
This looks SO AMAZING.

Date: 2015-06-26 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thank you! I think it's really coming together now.

Date: 2015-06-26 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] quincy134.livejournal.com
This looks SO AMAZING.

Date: 2015-06-26 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlightmasque.livejournal.com
I was so dazzled by your prettiness that I forgot to warn you about that unhemmed ruffle--

DON'T TRUST IT. It will be a nightmare when you wear it for real. You have to fix it somehow, and do it right away. Fray Check, or a thin sliver of sheer interfacing at the very edge-- something, you have to do something! I know this from unfortunate experience. Fraycheck would be the best, but only if it dries nearly invisible, which it should, but some fabrics don't like it.

Date: 2015-06-26 02:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
lol Thanks Angela! We should have some Fraycheck around somewhere.

Date: 2015-06-26 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] starlightmasque.livejournal.com
or maybe a fine blanket stitch with invisible thread? I know all the fray tricks. Hard lessons learned.

Date: 2015-06-26 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girliegirl32786.livejournal.com
Oh this is looking so fabulous!!!

Date: 2015-06-28 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thank you! Hoping to get it done in the next couple of days.

Date: 2015-06-26 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] m-of-disguise.livejournal.com
Ooo! It's looking so pretty!!! I adore the colors!

Date: 2015-06-28 11:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Thank you! The colour of the silk was a happy mistake. It was originally a cream colour and the dye was turquoise. I was going for pale blue, but it came out sea green. Very mermaid-y.

Date: 2015-06-26 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nuranar.livejournal.com
This is AMAZING. It is SO pretty, but also SO mermaid-ish in a totally non-Halloween-costume sort of way. I can't wait to see what other touches you'll put on it!

Date: 2015-06-28 11:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mala-14.livejournal.com
Aw thanks! I wanted it to be very historical so that I can later switch out the scale-y skirt for a more appropriate brocade.

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