Since the dress fit fine once it was on, I decided to simply open up a side seam and insert a zipper. This dress has a yoke top that extends over the shoulders into cape-like sleeves. Now, the skirt attaches to the yoke at front and back in the usual way (plus fringe), but things get interesting under the arm, where the sides of the skirt go under the cape-like sleeve.
(I did this alteration to three dresses, but only took pictures of one. The different fabric colors you see are a result of flash/no-flash photography: in reality, it's all one dress in the following sequence!)
I had never worked on Native American regalia before; it was interesting! And colorful!
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it! And if you don't, well, I hope you have the day off anyway!
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