Again, thank you so much for all of your kind thoughts and support.
For a very long time, I've envisioned wearing flowery dresses on my honeymoon. It seems so appropriate for a tropical place and a happy time. There wasn't anything in the stores like I imagined (is there ever?), and I decided that I should sew the dresses myself. This past Thanksgiving my mother (an amazing seamstress) helped me get started.
This pattern is New Look 6557. The only modifications were to take it in at the seams for fit, and to shorten the waist pieces by about an inch because apparently, I'm short waisted.
The second dress was made over Christmas vacation, and my mom did a great deal of it. It's Easy Stitch 'N Save 5292. We put a seam in the center of the bodice because it otherwise would have been way too wide.
It has a very wide, swingy skirt, which is a lot of fun.
The third dress is another version of New Look 6557. It's supposed to be a ribbon-edged halter top. When I got done with this one (oh yeah, this dress was all me), the top gapped horribly if I tried to tie it up as a halter, so I instead sewed the ribbon to the back of the dress in a wider-set configuration.
I'm so happy with these dresses. These are the first garmets I've sewn, and I'm so pleased with how they turned out. There's a fourth dress in the works, so I should be set for our trip to Costa Rica in a little over a month!