un-trimmed stomacher (I didn't want the bows to get beat up during the sewing process) and partially because I had enough fabric to do the skirt treatment I wanted to do! So then I had to figure out how to actually do it. ;-)
Voila! Well worth the extra effort, I think. The main color of this dress may be brown and not necessarily a girlish color, but there's no mistaking the uninhibited femininity of this design! Top to toe, it's as lady-like as can be.
I had to leave the skirt bows off because they looked . . . well . . . silly. It made the pulled back skirt more subtle, but also more elegant. It should look nice with a full slip.
The lower sleeves are attached on the outside, creating a gentle ruffle.
The neckline is trimmed with wide lace all the way around. This picture also gives you a look at the rose taffeta, which is striped and dotted giving it a nice depth.