About a month ago I decided to help make a dress for my boyfriends work college. Her daughter was getting married and she did´t had the time to order one from the bridal store.
So I agreed to help.
All she wanted was a simple black dress with a boat cowl neck and a small sleeve, and a short jacket to mach.
I made some sketches, took her measurements and made a toile.
It fitted pretty dreadful, and needed a lots of alterations.
I needed to take the dress in quite a lot, and adjust the back length and darts. The front and shoulders also needed altering.
The Jacket needed to be lengthen in font and taken in by bigger bust and back darts. The shoulders also needed to be dropped a bit to fit nicely.
I would have made a second mock-up but there was simply no time since I needed to go to Stockholm for work in three days time.
We decided to make the dress from a black polyester taffeta and the jacket from a light pink polyester/silk taffeta. The combination looked really nice.
I started to cut the fabric within an hour from the fitting and basted and sewed all the rest of the evening and the next day.
Then we had a second fitting, which went much better. I only needed to make some minor adjustments.
On the next evening she tried it on, and happily brought it home.
I haven´t heard anything yet, but I´m hoping that everything went well and that she (and her family and friends) really liked it.