Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada, about a 40 minute drive outside Las Vegas. The park is absolutely stunning, and if you're ever in the area, I highly recommend a visit. I love the red of the dress against the orange-red of the sandstone. By the way, guys, it was 40 degrees out when I was doing this photoshoot. The things I do for art!
this blog post. I made the corselette using the pattern from the foundation of V1174, a cocktail dress which looks nothing like the dress I eventually made:
To recap what I said here, the corselette itself is made from two layers of mid-weight linen, one on the straight grain, and one on the bias. The boning is a combination of plastic boning (thinner, for the curved seams) and heavy-duty cable ties. I would have gone with spiral steel boning but I wanted something I could machine wash. The corselette actually proved to be quite comfortable. It hugs my body and the boning doesn't poke me in the ribs. I wouldn't go rock climbing in it, but for everyday life, it's excellent.
this other dress I made.
The dress itself is made from rust red silk dupioni, lined with black silk charmeuse. I had five yards of this red silk dupioni sitting around in my stash for years. I had originally ordered it to make a different dress, but either the fabric wasn't as wide as I thought it was, or I didn't order enough of it. Either way, I didn't have enough to make the dress I wanted. When it came time to make this dress, I figured it was a good choice because I wasn't particularly attached to it, so I wouldn't be heartbroken if I completely screwed it up. I don't have a photo of just the fabric, so here's another photo of the dress.
Then I had to figure out what I was going to do with the raw edge at the top of the bodice. I thought that maybe I could just turn the raw edge over to the wrong side, press it, and then stitch it down, but there were far too many layers of fabric for that to work.
Instead, I ended up finishing the raw edge with bias binding made from the leftover silk dupioni. I almost messed this up, too, by not making the bias binding wide enough. I had to trim the seam allowances on the dress/corselette/lining down to maybe 3/8", which normally I'd consider a little risky, but since I'd run at least three lines of stitching down on that seam, and the raw edges would be completely covered by bias binding, I figured it would be OK.
I've run out of things to say about the dress, but here's one more gratuitous dress photo before the end.