Flower Girl Dress, Part 7: Skirt Set Back

With the bodice looking very bodice-like and the skirt portions like-wise well along their way, I thought it was time to stack everything together and see what we had.

I was very pleased with the bodice, but the skirt (above left) gave me a bit of pause. It seemed a lot more transparent than the model, with the underskirt plainly visible rather than hidden in a poof of netting. I was sure that I had replicated the number and basic type of layers in the original exactly, but of course my materials (all from Jo-Ann's) must be of somewhat different consistencies.

I went back to see the original in the store and determined that indeed, the inner net layer was a lot less transparent than the netting I had purchased from Jo-Ann's. I re-checked Jo-Ann's stock and confirmed that they didn't have anything like it. So I went home and thought about it a bit, and finally decided to add an extra 2 layers of tulle to the top and replace the 2 layers of netting with the large octagon-shaped holes (which were plainly visible through the finer mesh layers on top of them) with a single layer of organza.

The organza, being prone to fraying, needed a French seams and a narrow hem, and I had to seam-rip my way through removing the gathering string and stitches holding the existing layers in the original order, so this was no small adjustment. When I was done, however, I was quite happy with the effect.

The photo on the right doesn't look much different to the camera, but in person it is quite visibly more opaque, and the distracting hexagonal netting's removal gives it a much more airy/cloudy look.

Hemming the organza:

Re-assembling the layers:

Clothespins worked better than regular pins for holding all the layers together prior to basting

Continue: Part 8, Skirt/Bodice Assembly.

- Victoria, 2012-04-21

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