I think it all went rather well considering I had no prior experience of pattern cutting.
The hem, however, was a complete nightmare as I had gone off map with the fabric. I liked how the toile was looking with the organza (ebay, 99p for 10m...) so abandoned the plan to use matt satin.
The pattern said to face the main fabric and then hem and stitch the lining to it. But as you can see, the outer layer being transparent and checked meant that this was never going to work. In the end after deep googling and hand wringing for many days, I found my answer of a blind zigzag hem in Gerties better blog for sewing and also this Sewing sequins blog tutorial for which, I am eternally grateful and will be using again. I was then able to leave the two layers loose and faced the lining instead.
Another brilliant trick learned on my 'journey', as they say on the realitytvdocudramas, was to not iron the faced hem but to merely show it the iron so that it has a loose 50s bagged quality. Bosh.
I made the garland using an 80s dried flower crown from ebay and sewed in silk and velvet flowers from a wonderful shop Leaf and Petal in Hastings that has the original presses from the days when people needed silk velvet flowers in their lives. The veil I shortened using the same blind hem method.
So now, I hope you can see why I haven't posted lately.
Next sewing project is to cut and sew lingerie. I have some beautiful navy silk with a gold microdot just waiting. See, there's a night or two at a rangy, old Landmark Trust house coming up and I would like to swan about in it there.
Photos by the lovely Lowri Pendrell