Well these were a long time coming - both dress and post! Shortly after I last posted the manager at work resigned, and I worked full time for two months while a new one was recruited, worked out her notice at her previous job, and was trained. (She is really lovely, so worth waiting for!) I know plenty of women work full time and manage a family, and sew, etc etc etc but I found that by the time I got home at 6pm (when it was dark, since it was winter) I was totally lacking in motivation to actually sew anything. I continued sporadic work on this dress (which I know I'd begun by January) missing two deadlines by which I'd considered finishing, before a final full-on push to finish in time to wear it to a barbecue we were invited to the day after a wedding we were also invited to, in Wanaka last weekend.
Tada! End result of almost a year's work, around 100 hours probably. Alabama Chanin six panel dress, rose stencil adapted from a design I found in a library book.
Once again a side turned head I'm afraid - I could not get a shot of my face that didn't make me go "Urgh!" and hit the delete button. The tripod pics get the job done, but a real live person behind the camera gets a much better shot!
I also made a new dress to wear to the wedding (naturally!) but did not get a single photo of myself at said wedding, so will have to dress up for the camera some other time. Not today because the dress on which I based the pattern is in the laundry and I need to show both of them. Hopefully it won't take me four-ish months to get around to it. No promises.
Edited to add - I've just proofread this after publishing and noticed some words are underlined and link to ads! I'm not active enough online to have any idea what that's about, so my apologies for the annoyance, I'll get my tech support team (ie, the teenagers) to explain it to me and see if we can make it go away.