Better Late than Never!
My dear friend Delaenya was very patient this year when I got sick, and could not finish her new dress for Dickens on the Strand last year. Now, having more time, I have been finishing it up. Here you can see the inspiration picture as well. I won't do a diary of this, because I just can't remember now. :-)
I made it from a really pretty cut cotton velvet with linen back fabric, in shades of brown and orange that I found at Hobby Lobby a few years ago. My original intention was to make a bustle coat with it, but Delaenya like the fabric a lot, so now it is a dress! I mixed it with a woven blended fabric in shades of orange, and the pleated trim is linen.
I have an enormous weak spot for polonaises, and this came out really cute. I may need to have one!
There are a few more pictures on flickr, and I will add more once it is complete!