So, after having the lining done and all the rhinestones attached, it was time to put the two halves together. She also wanted the bustline to have tulle poking out of it, to give interest to the eye at the bustline. I put the tulle between the outer and inner layers and they were sewn together:
After that, it was time to work on the back closure. I really like making lace up backs. I think they are so wonderfully versatile and still so feminine. I mean really?! Who doesn’t the ability to lose or gain 5-10 lbs and NOT have to go out and get a new wardrobe! I think those Renaissance ladies were on to something 😉
There are a couple of different options for a lace up back. It can have a modesty panel, so no skin is showing (like the one I made for my customer); or it can be done without one (for the not-so-timid!)
After adding the panel and the cording, then attaching them to the dress, I threaded satin ribbon through the loops and voila! Here it is:
The dress hasn’t been through a final press, and I’ve discovered that mermaid flare at the bottom isn’t poofing enough. Next, Trouble with Tulle….