So the time came, this weekend, to give it all a proper try. Yup, deep breath and plunge forth into the deep. The first cut.
Of course, we kinda chickened out of doing it properly. We also realised we neglected to buy any lining for the practice run dress - which was a bit of a silly oversight given we wanted to check out how to do all of it, and get it all perfect. Oopsie. So until the practice lining was brought in, we thought we would have a shot at cutting out the top, and the top of the skirt, in some leftover lining at mum's house and see how it looked - and, more
importantly, if it would fit.
We pinned it all down and had a go. It actually turned out quite well (despite a minor upset in accidentally cutting out a size 16 in the top of the skirt).
The top fit, happily, like a treat, even over my cotton dress - and the v-neck front, it seems, will
hit in exactly the right point (above what my mother would refer to as "too tarty" but below matron-esque standards). Even in weird, leftover black/navy lining, it looked elegant and almost kind of beautiful already. Check out Diana there. She's loving it.
We swiftly, therefore, got quite excited about the whole
thing and now are if not cavalier then certainly less timid about the real thing.
We'll still be doing the practice first though. Just in case.