What’s that, darling? Work? Sweetness, I don’t sully my hands. Mondays are the day I drink Margaritas. Sometimes Paulo comes round to rub my feet. Put the recycling out for the bin men? Ha, ha, how funny you are! No, dear. I don’t think so.
So, the Gertie Bombshell Dress is finished! Not without its testing moments and after three months of work. I can assure you all that my boyfriend is very glad this make is over. It looks much better on me than I thought it would, though I still am not sure this is a dress I will be wearing every week of the year – and certainly not as we approach November!
There are many details for a future post:
- a waist stay
- a grosgrain ribbon zip guard
- handpicked zipper
- lace hem
- the boning (oh, the boning!)
- a lined bodice
Here’s a sneak peak of what the boning involved:
But I’ll save most of the nitty gritty for another day. There’s so much I have to share with you, it can’t all squeeze into one blog post. Some of the emotional highlights:
- Getting my head around zero ease.
- Doing hours of handsewing only to discover that the bodice was sitting too tightly. (Not a good look and leading to one plaintive email to a friend.)
- A last-minute rush into town for new caps when I realised all my pre-cut boning was the wrong length.
- Removing basting stitches to discover that they’d permanently marked the fabric.
- Washing the bodice lining, only to find out that wax marking doesn’t wash out.
- Nearly ruining the back of the skirt with the blade on my overlocker.
Keeping up? Had a nervous breakdown on my behalf yet?
But. Big BUT here. Gertie’s online class is awesome. I’m going to really miss her now that our journey’s at an end! She totally rocks and I learnt more through this experience than at any other point in my sewing career, including many skills that are transferable to other, more informal makes.
As I was taking these photos, a boogie-woogie song came on the radio, so of course I had to join in:
Shimmying! Those Street Dance classes pay off.
The work load on this dress is ferocious, but oh-so-worth-it. I am lucky that my desk has cleared over the past couple of weeks, otherwise I’m not sure this dress would have been ready for the Bombshell Meet Up that Dolly Clackett has organised for Saturday 29 October. Suzy Sewing will be there wearing her version of this dress, and so will others including Handmade Jane. Come along! You don’t need to be wearing a bombshell dress – Jane won’t be. You can laugh at me wearing this thing in October. And maybe you can help me with some of the details that aren’t quite working – for example, the bodice lining that is turning out to show around the top of the bodice. Any tips?
I will definitely post more detail photos for you all soon, but in the meantime I would like to say a massive thank you to Gertie and to Oonaballoona. If I hadn’t seen her version of this dress, I would never have attempted it.
What’s that, Ivana? Yes, sweetness, don’t worry – the Krug is on ice.
Sorry, readers, I have to go now. There’s a topless waiter who wants to dance with me…