Like the other gowns I constructed, I made my gown simple - as I always say, if you have a lot to accomplish in a short amount of time, go with what you know rather than with what you do not. It's not prudent to dive into something complicated - so, I kept it very simple. For my gown, I constructed the shift from a heavy blue bridal satin; the bodice from a royal blue velvet trimmed in black braiding and silver lace; and the over-skirt (which is attached to the bodice) is a blue sparkle organza. As you can see, where Elma's gown (pictured with me in the cinnamon-colored gown) laces up the front, mine laces up the back. While this style of bodice and gown is very basic, I cannot say enough for its comfort - if your going to be laced in anything for several hours, this would be the gown to be laced in! (For construction pictures, see The Dressmaker's Album)
Now, going back to Whitney's butter cream icing (oh, my goodness!), I now know why my brother can sit and eat a whole tub of it with nothing but the hands God gave him - scoop and shovel in! It's a good thing Whit lives eighty miles away - I'd be forced to make "special visits" on a regular basis. My butt, hips, and heart would certainly protest, but my lips, taste buds, tummy, and the pleasure center of my brain would beat the others into submission. I decided long ago that Whitney's my go-to cake and pastry chick for ever and ever, and since it's asking for a diabetic coma (or triple bypass surgery) to eat a five-pound tub of butter cream icing in one setting (hope you have good insurance, brother), I'll spread out the buttery love between occasions - it's a good compromise - at least my butt, hips, and heart think so! lol!