First though, I just have to say how amazing the sewing community is because without the tips that Erin first passed on to Rachel and Rachel passed on to us, and without the added tips in this post, this dress would not have been as much of a success as it turned out to be. Thanks to everyone who has ever taken the time to post tips and tricks to make all of our end-products that much better!
So, as for the modifications, I followed the advice of the wise women who went before me and cut out the bodice according to O's chest measurement and then added about two inches to the back bodice piece so that there was a bit more flexibility with the sizing. I also raised the neckline a bit since several people mentioned that it seemed to hit low on the chest. Lastly, I followed these instructions for finishing the inside in order to have a dress as pretty on the inside as it is on the outside.
As for the fabric, I picked up some lovely gray Japanese double-gauze the other day at Stiches. Ben tried to convince me that the fabric was boring and that the kids wouldn't like it, but I had a vision of what I wanted to make and nobody was going to come between me and my vision! My vision, of course, involved making a gorgeous, flowing summer dress with a lace over-lined bodice and I just so happened to have this lace begging to be made into something since it's been sitting on my shelf for over a year.
Now, I don't want to say "I told you so" or anything, but Ben was definitely wrong when he said that the kids would't be interested in a gray dress because this was C's face when she found out that the dress wasn't for her.
I suppose I'll be making another Hummingbird Dress sometime soon.