I've started in on the bodice - this is the (first draft of the) plan for the underlayer
|Downton Abbey, season four
The current plan is for a beaded chiffon overlay, somewhat similar to this. I am going to use the Anna dress for the upper bodice, to get the cap sleeves and boat-neck, but there will be an under-bust seam and discrete midriff. (Also, the tiara, headband, sparkle-hat she's wearing? I have that too.) (Its kind of too much, but its also kind of amazing. I was trying to find something similar to what Mary wore in her wedding - a wreath like look, and found the actual vendor for the above headpiece. In the description, it is listed as 'as seen on Downton Abbey, season four, so off to google I went, in a giddy frenzy. It is stupid sparkly in person.)
|Jenny Packham wedding dress
My plan for the beading is a little closer to this -- more twisty branches than geometric patterns.
I would say it looks a lot more exciting in person, except after getting one of the five skirt panels beaded (quite a bit more than this) I decided it was all getting hidden in the drape, undid it, and am planning to do the beading on top of the gathers around my hips, so it shows. The beading will continue up to the neckline, but avoid the skirt, so the chiffon can still billow about.
Not really dress related - but fun - Greg is practicing calligraphy, and if he is happy with the result, will be doing our invitations.