I surprisingly found the perfect fabric quite quickly, a 2 way stretch velvet in a beautiful dark royal blue. The main dress was easy to constuct as it only needed at little shaping and it stretches to fit.
The neckline where the beading is to go was a little more difficult as the shape was made out of paper to start with and then the fabric cut out and stiffened to made sure it doesn’t shift with the weight of the bead work.
Once the beading is complete I’ll pin the neckline to the dress and cut away the excess fabric around the neck.
Getting onto the beading now! I think this will be a mammoth job.