The wedding dress beginsPosted: September 17, 2012
I love working with fabric – whether it be sewing a garment, or stitching a piece of embroidery. But I think I must have been gripped by insanity when I decided I wanted to make my own wedding dress.
The truth is, the majority of wedding dresses just don’t appeal to me. White isn’t my colour, and I certainly don’t want a dress that means needing assistance to go to the toilet!
For a long time I’ve thought that I would want a lovely shade of antique silver. The style eluded me, however. Being of rather petite build, I knew a straight sillhouette would work best. I didn’t want anything too plain however – something flowing and ethereal seemed more fitting to my dreams. First, I thought about trying to recreate this Vera Wang dress:
For a moment I was lost in luxurious layers of fluffy georgette. Then it dawned on me just how much fabric a skirt like that would take, and how frustrating it would be to cut out all those layers and stitch them in place. Plus, I had a funny feeling those raw edges would have me tangled up in loose threads and stumbling down the aisle.
So I kept looking. Then, one day, I stumbled across this dress on Pinterest:
The bodice wasn’t what I was after (I yearn for the comfort of shoulder straps), but that skirt. And now, armed with 10 metres of cheap chiffon, the challenge is one to make a successful mock-up of that gorgeous skirt. To be continued …