I've finished it!
I've been working on this dress for what seems like an eternity. It was the first time I've attempted boning a bodice and, to be honest, most of the time was spent trying to put off this task, but once done the dress came together quite quickly.
A lot of adjustments were needed mind you. The neckline was way too big so the bust line had to be drastically reduced at the top and I pondered what to do for a week when it almost fitted but wasn't quite right. I think it was more luck than judgement when I nervously unpicked and hacked away a centimetre each side of the back seam and put it together again and it fitted like a glove. It's the first thing I have ever made where I've thought I could not have got a better fit off the peg.
Please indulge me whilst I add more images than perhaps Blogger can cope with. My thanks to my model Merle - I'd be nothing without you baby!