1. bodice: Here we are at hour number 3 already and there's hardly been any sewing! Well that's about to change. The first bit of sewing I tackled was the bodice. That went so fast that I didn't even photograph it--and I even made two bodices (one for the main dress and one for the lining).
2. bow: The pattern for the bow on this dress seems hilariously huge. Once you've folded it over and sewed up it, the bow takes on slightly more normal proportions. Then you have to gather the ends and place it in just the right place on the bodice.
3. skirt: The skirt on the fairy tale dress is a giant rectangle. This make it easy to sew up (and to hem later), but to attach such a large rectangle to the bodice requires lots and lots of ruffles.
4. attaching the skirt to the bodice: I have to admit gathering ruffles is one of my favorite bits of sewing: pinning two very different lengths of fabric together and gathering the longer one to magically match up just right. And look, they match!
Success! The bow didn't even get caught all crazy in the seam. I had to pat myself on the back for that one!
Day three and I've made the main dress and the lining of the bodice. Looks like the dress is practically done, but we're not even halfway to the finished product!
Tomorrow: more polka dots!