Look 2 (on the far left) started out looking like that..
But ended up looking more like this.
Sourcing the lace was pretty fun; I must have gone through 100+ swatches in order to find this magical lace. Although I loved the copper color, but I had to go with silver so I could dye it along with the chiffons..
My friend Maureen helped me dye the fabrics in her cute lil' studio off Fulton Market.
Then I began appliqueing the lace bodice together. It's a cool process of laying the seam allowances on top of each other, but stitching along the motif in an irregular pattern. It makes you a little dizzy after awhile because it's like lace Escher style.
Final fitting at school. Btw, I hand sewed all of the hems - baby seams!
Front, side, back (omitted) at the shoot.