Well ladies you have been moving ahead by leaps and bounds! Something that was not even on the radar; the bustier is what you will be working on on Saturday!
As for the wedding gown I have the lace basted on to the bodice, took a lot of mapping out beforehand to see which is the best configuration, once I got the placement correct on the one side I said to myself "self now try to replicate it on the other side!" Let me backtrack a bit, the lace pieces were cut out only roughly and not completely trimmed so to trim the appliques I would have to remove them and then replace them; you see my dilemma..... So I proceeded to trim the lace for the other side, positioning it exactly the same with the swirls and flowers going in the opposite direction this time (it would really look odd if I didn't do this), pinned and basted it in place BEFORE removing the lace from the first side! When all this was done and I was satisfied with the placement I went ahead and removed the first lace, trimmed it and replaced it.
A roundabout way of doing things but let me tell you it worked like a charm! To the point I sent a pic to the bride and she commented no how precise the placement was, exact mirror images of each other! This method did 2 things
1) gave my brain time to really see the design in the lace and place it accordingly
2) allowed me to work relatively stress free as I had a map to follow at all times!
Anyone who took my lace classes can tell you it's important to give yourself the time to work with the lace by looking at it, making trial pieces, looking at it some more, trying something different and finally the best possible outcome will become apparent.
Have a great day!
Maria Calautti, "Jack of all trades"