This weekend I cut out the dress, including the very large skirt piece. I managed to cut the skirt out on my too small cutting table by utilizing lots of pins and very carefully shifting and adjusting the fabric as I cut (which is usually a no-no but seemed to work out fine this time). It was either that or the floor.
The dress is now mostly done: zipper inserted, foundation, lining and dress basted together at the neck line for another fitting before the final sewing is done-- I'm keeping my fingers crossed. After that, because the dress is cut on the bias, it will need to hang for a few days to allow the fabric to relax. I've found varying opinions as to how long a bias cut garment should hang. Once source recommended the garment hang overnight. Another source recommended 2 weeks?! Since I don't have two weeks, I will allow the dress to hang for at least 3 days before hemming. The plan is to finish the skirt (split, hem, hand tack lining where appropriate) this weekend.
I am now looking for a sewing pattern to make a purse to coordinate with the dress and these shoes.
My daughter does not usually carry a purse so a small wristlet may be the way to go. I'm hoping to increase the chances of the purse returning home with her this year.
I promised not to post pictures of the final dress until after prom so this will have to suffice for now.