This dress was really probably too advanced for me. I self drafted the bodice and skirt. The fabric was all purchased from Mood Fabrics of PR fame. I went with my now husband and we stood in the store looking at fabrics for literally hours. I finally decided I wanted a red dress (white doesn't really look very good on me) and that I wanted to make my very own poofy dress out of only silks. So I came home armed with yards of silk chiffon, charmeuse, china silk, and organza.
Somehow, through some incredible sewing magic, the chiffon and charmeuse became a bodice. The charmeuse and china silk paired up and made an under skirt. And the organza and chiffon married to make a poof ball.
I remade the bodice three times but nothing I did could get rid of that slight pulling at the area where the straps meet the bodice. I also struggled with the fact that I had to wash my sweaty sweaty hands, which only get sweatier while sewing, every 10 minutes to prevent them from staining the chiffon. Ask me how I know that I needed to do this. Suffice to say, bodice #1 fell to the sweat stains.
Pulling aside, I loved this dress. It was so comfortable and fun. I gave a speech in it:
We biked around the driveway:
We danced the night away:
And most importantly, it was comfortable enough for me to flutter around and chat with every single guest at the party.
Through whatever color-tinted glasses I may be wearing, this dress was perfect for the occasion and every time I look at it, it reminds me of that incredible day that I spent surrounded by so many supportive friends and family.