First, thank you so much for all the compliments about my dress! I wanted to email you all back, but some of you don't have your email attached to your profile, so I couldn't. I hope you understand how much I love your comments and compliments!
Now, what you have all been waiting for since I teased you about it over a week ago!
I had a picture in my head of how I wanted this dress to look, and it worked out perfectly!! This was my first experience with pleating fabric (if you don't count having to iron the pleats from my uniform skirt all through school). It was a slow process at first, but in the end, well worth the effort! It's not hard, just requires patience.
After pleating two entire widths (one for the front, one for the back) of bridal satin, (left over from making my SIL's wedding dress a few years ago) I used New Look 6903 for the pattern and sewed it just as directed. I basted the pleated pieces along the neck, arms and sides before I started to sew to keep the pleats together. I added a sash to hold in the pleats and keep Pretty from looking like a total marshmallow.
I also added a lining of purple that is only connected at the arm holes and neckline.
It makes me think of Greek mythology, and I love it (I really wanted to name her Helen, as in Helen of Troy, but was vetoed by Jake). It fits her big enough and long enough that she will be able to wear it for a while.
Pretty is a fan too. After taking these pictures, I took the dress off and she fought me to keep it on, then cried when I put it up! I was also very pleased to see that when she drooled on it, it didn't darken the purple color. The only thing I have to worry about is when I wash it, will the pleats come out? I'm pretty sure they won't, but I'll keep you posted.
This makes me happy!