We made it, readers!
I wasn't sure we would. My cousin and I got off to a bad start this morning, when she saw me leaving for the pool at 9:15, with two hours of sewing already behind me.
"How can you go swimming, when the sleeves aren't even on my dress? I bet Laura Mae didn't go swimming on the day she finished her gala dress." Naturally, I was taken aback. "Laura Mae finished her dress," I said, "you haven't even started yours!" And with that I walked out, letting the door slam behind me.
Little by little it all came together: the facings and hem hand-stitched, the zipper inserted, and yes, the sleeves attached. The only emergency related to the belt. Originally I wasn't going to have Cathy wear one at all. Then digging for gloves, I stumbled up a kid leather belt I thought would look great, and it did fit well. But in photos the leather looked too casual. No, I'd have to make a self-fabric belt -- which I did, very late in the afternoon.
|The leather belt: too casual for taffeta.|
Meanwhile, I also had to help Cathy choose her jewelry; if it were up to her she'd pile on everything she owns. I opted for graduated pearl necklace, bangle bracelets, and simple pearl earrings.
Before we knew it, it was time for Cathy to get ready. Thankfully she can apply her own makeup.
|Cathy wears Physician's Formula Le Velvet Film Makeup in Ivory.|
Dressed and fully adorned, out the door she sailed with Michael, leaving me at home to babysit.
Cathy has a zillion photos to show you of the event itself, but it will have to wait till the weekend.
Oh, you're probably wondering who won the Little Black Dress contest....
|Cathy and Vogue Patterns Fashion Editor James Bosco.|