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Juno dress: ruching tulle and pleating silk

I’m plugging away at the Juno dress. It’s at the point where everything is incredibly labour intensive and I spend hours and hours on it without seeming to get anywhere.  It’s all going to come together soon and look amazing though, I swear! First I pinned and draped the tulle, and then hand sewed it on, and tacked it down with invisible stitches all over the place so it holds the drape. Then I had to figure out the bottom pleating, and make it fit perfectly around the width of the skirt. Felicity helped with that part.  Her instinct for expensive fabric is amazing.  I lay the skirt down on the floor to pin the pleats, turned around, picked up a pin, turned back, and she was lounging on the fabric as if she had been there for hours. Finally, I spent an entire evening making silk ‘poofs’ for the border at the top of  pleating. I peered and analyzed detail images of the inspiration dress as best as I could, but the silk is …

Juno dress: draping the skirt

The Juno dress is coming along. I’ve been draping the skirt. First I needed to patch the last bits of support fabric (the dark blue) that weren’t covered because the duchesse wasn’t wide enough to drape all the way across the skirt. I just used scraps of fabric for the patching, because it is all in areas that will be hidden by the tulle With that all done, I sewed the back of the skirt on, and arranged the pleats: Now, I’m sure you have all been looking at this and thinking “that doesn’t look like train on your inspiration picture!” And no, it doesn’t. But it will. If you’ve been following my facebook page you may have an inkling of why it doesn’t look like the train above, and how it will. If you don’t follow my facebook page, you’ll have to wait a few days to find out. I’m off to go drape some tulle now.