Sew Chic patterns asked me to test run the Fantasia. It is perfect!! And I've loved the design since I first laid eyes on it on her blog. I love the turn of the century/Asian fusion feel that it has. Since I was in a bit of a hurry, I had to make do with locally acquired fabric, so the dress is a lightweight poly satin, and the sash is rayon challis. The challis was lovely, but the satin was very tricky to work with. It would have been much easier with a natural fiber that took a press better.
For the hem of the train, I wanted it to have a tiny bit of body, to give it some sweep, so I used a hemming technique from the current (July 2010) issue of Threads. It was in an article called Better Basics by Louise Cutting. Basically, you sew a narrow hem in three steps, with each step contributing another "layer" of stitching to weight and stiffen the hem. It's subtle, but I think it made a real difference in this dress.
The lovely scenery in the pictures was courtesy of the Inn on the Creek in Salado, TX. As you can see, it has a timeless feel that was perfect for this. The food was amazing and we had a wonderful time there.