The dress is done, but you (and I) will have to wait for pictures of her modeling it. The dress is even too small for my adjustable dressform!!!
She's not available to try it on. There is big drama in PromLand, since her boyfriend (of 3 years) broke up with her last week (while the dress was half done)! Prom is May 6, next Thursday...
So, her mom picked it up from school at lunch today (since she's too upset to attend school).
See that center back lined up perfectly at the zipper? I'm finally getting good at invisible zippers!
This is the back, with the zipper open. You can see the hook and eye closures on the corselette, then the zipper closes up over it all.
This is the inside of the corselette. You can see the white grosgrain ribbon I inserted for hanger loops, and my "KB Designs" label.
Here is a close-up of the pleat front and knot.
Here is a close-up of the hem. I could've done a better job here, I should've used the narrom hemming foot, but I serged the edge, then folded it over as narrowly as I could. I was afraid satin was too heavy for the 2mm narrow foot, and would make the hem stand out, instead of lay flat.
I love the dress, it is really stunning, and these pictures just don't do it justice! As soon as I take pics of her in it (I asked her mom to do it for me), I'll share them with you. The completion of this gown has been a little strange, with the whole break-up issue. Usually the girls are so excited to get their dress, and I get to see them go ga-ga over it. I have a terrible feeling that this girl took one look at it, and started crying!
Overall, it's a wonderful pattern, with great details on making the corselette. I had never used a "Designer Vogue Pattern" before (Vogue 2847), so I was pleasantly surprised at the attention to detail and the excellent instructions. I would love to make the shorter version for myself someday. The fabric (crepe back satin from fabric.com) was nice to work with, but I'd love for a client to be able to afford my time and the good stuff (4-ply silk)! This post has links to all the previous construction details (look for older links at the end of it).