Hello, everyone! I finished the dress I was working on in my gusset tutorial, and, most importantly, finally got around to photographing it.
you can read about in my tutorial. The standard way would have been fine, but it doesn't play to my technical strengths, and I probably would have mangled it horribly.
I also constructed the bodice in a completely non-standard way. Most patterns of this era have you assemble the bodice, assemble the skirt, sew the bodice to the skirt at the waist seam, and then insert the zipper. I have tried this approach many times, and I have never managed to get the zipper in cleanly. I always insert my zippers by hand as a hand-picked zipper, and this approach does not give me enough room to work. Instead, I assemble the bodice front and skirt front and join them at the waist, the bodice back and skirt back and join them at the waist, insert the back zipper, and then join the back and front at the side seams. This approach has the added bonus of letting you make last-minute adjustments at the side seams if you need to.
The pattern didn't call for a lining, and originally I did not plan for one, but after I tried wearing the dress, I found that all of the silk organza interfacing was extremely itchy. So, I lined the bodice with black silk habotai. I didn't interface the gussets, but I did provide an inch of ease in the side seams, so hopefully the lining gussets won't wear out prematurely. Sorry about all the wrinkles-- after the photo shoot, I changed clothes, shoved the dress in a bag, and went hiking.
Now, the photo shoot! It's a tradition in my family to take bluebonnet pictures in the spring, and I thought this fabric would work beautifully with the blue and white flowers.
I hope you enjoyed this! I'm looking forward to getting a lot of wear out of the dress, and making this pattern again.