Carolyn’s dress: almost there

Reading my blog for the last few weeks, you might have been mistaken for thinking that I was purely a historian, and never sewed at all.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  In reality, I have done little else but sew for the last few weeks, and have been too busy with it to blog about it!

One of the main things I have been working on is Carolyn’s dress, the art-deco inspired extravaganza.  It’s looking amazing, if I do say so myself (also, Mr D and the bride and a few other people who have seen me sewing it have said so, so I know it is true)



I’m so excited that it is finally all together and looks like a real dress.  There are so many different pieces to it that it took a long time to come together and feel like a garment.

The ostrich feathered train

It still needs lots of finishing touches: beads and sequins and corset backs and linings and a dozen tiny finishing bits.

The lines on the bodice meeting the skirt

Sadly for you though, I won’t be blogging about all of those finishing bits.  I’ll do one more post about the belt, and another with some sneak peeks of the finished details, but other than that, this will be the last time I’m going to post about the dress until after Carolyn’s wedding.  A bride needs her surprise wow factor at the wedding after all!

The bodice with lots of sparkle

And now, I’m back to ostrich feathers and sequins and pearls, and pattern drafting on some exciting new historical projects that I will be blogging about in great detail.


  1. WOW!!!!!!!! Dreamstress, this is truly awesome. And the feathered hem, oh yes, you know you’ve got my heart 🙂

  2. Wowee – looking absolutely stunning. I don’t normally like this style of dress, but you’re kinda making me have to re-think that!

  3. WOAH! I loooooove the ostrich feathers on the bottom! Can’t wait for final pics 🙂

  4. Carolyn says

    YAY!!! Don’t worry I will send LOTS of pictures from the big day with it all done and on me! I am really happy everyone likes it because I am not showing anyone but my Mom and sisters until the big day so it’s great to have some feedback!

  5. Jane says

    Incredible, Leimomi! Can’t wait to see it finished!

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