I'm using the exact same patterns as padawansguide, since there's no need to redo her amazing work. Her tutorial is found here. The only thing I'm using a different pattern on is the underskirt, because the McCall's pattern is no longer available. I'm substituting that with Simplicity 5041, View C:
Anyways, for the real updates... the island dress is 100% finished. I finished that on Tuesday while watching all three of the Original Trilogy Star Wars (Well, almost. I was barely on Endor when I finished. ;)). I also got my bodice boning in, and the layers sewed together... it's still not much of a bodice yet, but not too shabby.
The shift isn't form-fitting like padawansguide's, but I didn't have a ton of time on my hands, so I made the dress as-is, then eventually cut down the center and on the sleeves, then put them back together using 6 yards of white cord and 70 button holes (I believe that part lasted me about 1 and 1/2 SW movies, though I'm not positive.), Making button holes isn't exactly quick work, and I'd never done it before.
Here's the bodice, or whatever you wanna call it at this stage:
Aaaand that's it! Hopefully I'll be able to update more.... and I will certainly be working on it more. ^_^ There's still tons to do, and only two months to do it! Next I think I'll finish as much as possible on the bodice and then do the sleeves, and then the skirt! Weeee! ;)