No, why should I finish one project before starting another? That's just crazy talk!
Yes, I'm making another dress for myself. The closet gnomes have been hard at work shrinking my collection of my favorite gowns, the swoopy faux-medieval, straight out of a painting gowns that I love so much. Sob. So time for a replacement!
This is shaping up to be a bit on the gothy side. For a variety of reasons, every trim I looked at just didn't seem right, so I ended up making trim for the sleeves by sewing chain onto strips of leather:
I'll take better pictures of the fabrics for a future post, but the outside is a tattered stretchy fabric with a subtle skulls pattern, and the inside is a black sheer with a sparkly burnt velvet pattern.
Here's the trim on the sleeve:
And the completed sleeve - the hem is finished with a strip of dragonskin fabric, gunmetal grey metallic:
Lining a stretchy fabric with a non-stretchy fabric has been fun. I've flat-felled the two layers together, and used a French seam on the straight side, which serves a double purpose of keeping the shredded bits from straying too much and also putting the contrast fabric forward for the seam on the straight side.
I've got the second sleeve half assembled, hoping to finish up and start on the body of the dress. The goal is to tweak the back so I can wear a wing harness under the dress and lace it around the wings. This will mean twice the grommets, of course!