I consider this dress my opus, my masterpiece. Or something like that. But seriously, this dress was a lot of fun to make, caused only a few tears (something to do with an almost-finished dress and a large hole cut into the bodice by my serger), and turned out beautifully.
To make the dress, I used the Chloe Dress pattern by Violette Field Threads for the skirt. Despite having a three year old daughter, I had never before worked with tulle or made anything this fluffy, so I thought having a pattern with detailed instructions would be helpful. I love the look of Violette Field patterns, but they are not very practical for every day wear, so I was thrilled to have an excuse to by this one. I'm already envisioning a black version with this fabric as a witch's dress for Halloween.
The skirt has seven yards of fabric in it. Yes, you read that correctly: seven yards. Two yards of chiffon, two yards of netting, two yards of tulle, and a yard of lining. The results are a perfectly poofy skirt.
Rather than using the pattern bodice, I instead did a shirred satin top with decorative straps. The flowers were made with alternating strips of satin and tulle-- I love how they turned out! I may do a tutorial for those at some point, although I know that there are quite a few of fabric flower tutorials out there already.
I wish I had more pictures to share, but organization and time were not on my side this morning, and the dress has already been delivered. This project was a lot of work, but the results were worth it!