You know, I've been holding off sharing pictures of my Silky Laurel because I wanted to get some more pictures of it, both on me and off, some detailed shots, show off my hand-stitched neck/arm binding and hem, etc etc etc.
But I'm stuck in camp with the dress in a wrinkled mess on my sewing table at home, and I just want to share it for cripes sakes!
ETA: Now with less squished photos. Sorry folks, our camp internet is being stupid.
For those of you just joining us, my cousin was getting married in August, and I realized 12 days before the wedding that I didn't have anything to wear. While I really wanted to sew something, I'd lost interest in the dress I'd planned to make. But then I miraculously found a dress already cut out, stashed underneath my cutting table. I only vaguely recall thinking about this project ages ago. Pretty sure elves came in and did some of the work for me.
They didn't finish it though. I cut it pretty close, and I'm so lucky that whatever modifications I did originally worked perfectly, because I only just barely managed to finish all of the hand-sewn hemming and neckbinding the morning before I flew out for the wedding!
Laurel by Colette Patterns. I finally used some of the raw silk I bought ages ago on clearance at Fabricland. I think I need to buy (and use!) this fabric more often, because was it ever a dream to wear! So breathable and so so nice against the skin.
This dress though? So fantastic and comfortable! It didn't matter if I was acting cabbie for all of the out-of-province inlaws in this country town, playing photographer, or frantically setting up 150 place settings a half-hour before dinner was supposed to start, this dress was comfortable enough to do it all! I barely noticed I was wearing a dress (except for those times when I nearly forgot myself and bent over to pick up something or other). Pretty good considering this is the norm for me:
Laurel is such a versitile dress, I'm seriously stunned. I think it can be dressed up or dressed down, depending on your fabric and accessory choices, and I think I probably need about 3 or 4 more. Maybe one in wool for a winter dress? I wonder if I can find decent wool in Whitehorse...
Have any of you made Laurel up yet? Or have you made a dress that exceeded your expectations?
And has anyone else had projects worked on for you by unexpected elves?