I made another Laurel. I wanted this one to be a bit dressier. I wore it to the 8th grade awards ceremony where all my 8th graders were honored. To most kids it is not a huge deal, but when you work in the severe and profound class you use every reason you can to make a big deal out of how awesome your kids are. The kids grinned ear to ear the whole time. They got to dress up, and all the parents came and cheered. I had a couple I had to help walk across because we are not so much a stay within the lines group, and I felt awesome both in the dress and to be walking with such deserving kids.
I took some extra care on this dress. The poly voile from Fabric.com was sheer, so I lined it with white muslin. Man, I forgot how easy it is to sew with plain old cotton. I also lengthened this version of the dress to make it more appropriate for the ceremony.
I also hand stitched the bias tape down to the muslin being careful not to catch the voile. There are no visible stitches on the outside of this dress.
You can see my hand stitching on the hem, neck and arm holes here.
The dress is flattering from behind, but after seeing these picture I may add a thin black belt next time. Just for a little more shaping.