We went to a local bridal shop and tried on a bunch of dresses, mostly to see how they were made. There were a few, one in particular, that I really liked but it just had way too much beading for an afternoon wedding at Ascension. All the beading combined with the cheap lace and taffeta made it look a little tacky. But I was pleasantly surprised that all of the dresses I liked were highly reminiscent of the one we're working on. But I was happy for the gowns' subtle whispers like, "Make your train longer!" as I tried them on.
Checking out the construction of these dresses did answer my questions. Questions like:
1. Do I need to interface the entire dress?
Dress #1's answer: Yes. You should probably also insert a corset beneath the lining.
2. Do I need some sort of petticoat/crinoline?
Dress #2's answer: Yes. Insert it as a part of the lining about 4-6 inches below where your flare begins.
3. How big should my train be?
Dress #3's answer: Pretty dang big. (This is me trying to measure 1/2 of one of the trains and kicking myself for not smuggling in a tape measure!)
These are some of the other not-so-sneaky pictures Sandy took. She got a little camera-happy... discretion isn't our thing.
|Too much beading but we liked the shape and neckline.|
|Not all about the neckline and asymmetry of the skirt.|
|Liked the shape, hated all the beading, the fabric, and color.|
|Also liked how the lace extended further than the taffeta on the train.|
|Like the fabric and the fit, but wasn't in love.|
|Loved the waterfall of the train.|
Of course we didn't get a picture of the one I liked best. Typical.