(To see how this all started: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, only a click away)
For once, I will try not to drown this with words... the pictures can speak for themselves (there are lots of them)
And, for comparison, in case you did not see it or have forgot, the inspiration collage I made before I started sketching:
The last bits of construction, and some detail photos below! It took forever to pin all those folds on four meters of skirt fabric!
The shawl collar goes through a loop at mid front, and can be folded through or around it in several ways.
The combination of zipper and lacing in the back makes it possible for me to wear the dress both with my corset underneath, as I do in the photos, and without. (Corsets and dinner parties just won't do!)
Tiny hidden hand stitches to keep the collar in place above, and folded detail on sleeve on the right. The folds gives the sleeve a slight curve and some extra room at the elbow!
Tomorrow night I'll be wearing this for our New Years Eve party, I'm so glad I finished in time!
Happy New Years everyone!