5th February 2010: Dress progress stage 1 of the dress is now completed - This is the main body of the dress in sheer black material with armholes that are edged with solid black trim. (see construction sketch 1 from preceeding journal entry below)
To make this main dress body I first made up a rough tunic dress shape to fit me using some spare material, to get the shape and fit of the basic dress and its armholes. Then using that for my pattern I cut the dress out of the sheer black fabric.
Those arm holes gave me trouble! Two attempts to sew black ribbon trim around the edges of the openings to make them look neat, just kept puckering the sheer material. In the end I unpicked and ditched the black ribbon trim.. Instead to get the dark band of edging around the arm holes I had to turn the material over and then back on itself, hand-sew all around, and then carefully trim off the excess fabric. But at last it looks right and I am pleased with it now.
In the pic also you can see the black bias tape I sewed onto the dress - to form the V neck line, and also mark out lines for the sequin details to follow later.