The finished gown:
Since I ran out of time (not surprising), all the roses are safety pinned. But I did manage to get the leaves hand tacked on. I put in 194 hours! And that's not counting the time to find and purchase materials.
Sewing Note: flower and leaf trim should be strongly sewn on if the garment is to be worn while dancing. I only lost one little set of leaves, and they all drooped a little by night's end.
The 9 in our party had a grand time at the Social Daunce Irregulars Victorian Summer Ball.
We had a fabulous Italian dinner beforehand with several guesses as to what kind of party we were. "You must be theater people. What play are you folks in?" That one was funny. Then, "Is this a wedding?" Since I was sitting at the head of the table in my mostly white dress with the rest dressed in their finery, I can imagine why this question came up.
I had more photos taken of the gown, so keep your eye out for new ones on the blog and website. I will also be putting together the total yardage and cost of this gown for reference. Look for more details in an upcoming special member note.