Okay, so I'm reeling* down the path toward completion with this dress. I've got the bodice, skirt, skirt lining, and panel sewn. I do not, however, have them sewn all together yet.
The 3 part applique is cut and pieced. It just needs to be sewn on. I discovered I didn't own an open embroidery/applique foot for my ancient machine. I'm sure I could use my zig zag foot, but this is the most complicated applique I've ever done and I only want to do it once. Alas...I'm waiting impatiently for the part to arrive so I can finish the applique.
Next I'll be working on the sleeves.
There are many decisions yet to make. Do I make this a one piece dress, or two? If its a two piece, do I put buttons, velcro, or snaps on the bodice to keep it aligned with the skirt whilst the wearer is slip jigging around the stage? Do I use an invisible zipper? Do I make the zipper the entire length of the one or two piece outfit? If its a two piece, could I get away with an elastic waistband? How about a partially elasticized waistband? Well, I guess I'll ponder and answer these queries as I go along. Stay tuned for more!
*(Sorry, couldn't resist the pun earlier....a reel is a type of Irish dance.=^.^= )
UPDATE: I made the dress in 2 pieces. The bodice is has a zipper the full length, and the skirt has a small zipper on the side with elastic in the back of the waistband. This dress also features a cape, and matching bloomers. DD didn't want a matching headband. She wears it with a bow or tiara.
UPDATE: See Part 3 here.
P.S....if you missed Part 1, find it here.