No, you’re not going crazy, it’s not actually Wednesday. I’m just too impatient to wait until Wednesday to post this!
So, I ordered the fabric on Saturday. I managed to find the perfect shade of grey in a silk satin and georgette – they didn’t have it in stock, but fortunately someone else had placed an order for the same material (for bridesmaids dresses, apparently), so I was able to piggyback on their order.
I was able to get a little sample of the fabrics:
And then somehow this fell into my shopping bag:
Isn’t it stunning? It’ll make an amazing centrepiece for my bodice. What I’m planning is to do a trial run bodice with a high neckline, position the motif, and then draw in the neckline in a way that suits the motif.
Also, I’ve gone back to the original plan for the skirt. I tried out the gathered effect, but I think you’d actually need to treat the fabric (something along the lines of fine pleating?) to get that effect.
I’m pretty nervous about it now that it’s actually happening – I just hope it all turns out OK.
Sorry for my silence over the last couple of weeks! I started a new job this week, so until I get used to my new schedule I’m not sure how much time I’ll have for blogging.
The good news is that I’ve got my slopers from the dressmaker. The fit is fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to getting sewing. I was in The Fabric Store last week, and saw some silks that had great potential for the wedding dress, so I’m going to go back in this weekend for a closer look.
I did a fitting with my bridesmaids on the weekend, and the good news is that they fit really well! They’re both a little snug around the midriff, but once that’s sorted they’ll be perfect. Even better, the muslins were really easy to sew – I got the both done in just a day, so I’m feeling pretty good about them.
That’s all for tonight – I’m about to fall asleep on the keyboasdkjf o;awie ag
I’ve been doing a lot of research and thinking on my wedding dress this week. I was still trying to get the back to fit, and doing some research on adjustments for “sway back”. What really concerned me was that all the information was saying you should only need to adjust by a centimetre or so, and I needed to do a lot more than that.
The other thought nagging at the back of my mind was, “I don’t want to have to do this every time I sew something” (when I stop and think, I’ve never actually sewn a dress that’s fitted me *well*).
I considered making a sloper, but last time I tried, I ended up with a Picasso-esque construction that bore absolutely no relation to my body.
So yesterday I drove across the city and visited a dressmaker, who is going to make me my very own sloper. I know there will be a bodice, skirt and sleeves. She sketched a pair of pants as well, but I don’t think I’m getting them (it’s something I might consider going back for later).
The great thing is that she’s willing to work with my budget – by making the toile and tracing the final paper pattern onto cardboard myself, I’m able to save quite a bit, which is good.
I’ll get the first draft in a week, and make up the toile, so hopefully I’ll have the final pattern the week after.
In the meantime, I’ve been playing around with the overskirt. I’ve worked out what I need to do to achieve roughly this effect, albeit without the flounce at the front (which doesn’t worry me):
But then, as I mentioned on Monday, this photo appeared on Pinterest:
I love, love, love how luxurious this looks. I wouldn’t have it as long, obviously, as I don’t want a train at all, but I can imagine having two layers of tightly gathered georgette (or maybe one less gathered one underneath with a very gathered one over the top).
Not only do I think this could actually end up looking lovelier, but I also like the fact that it would be more economical, as I could cut the skirt across the grain.
It’s a good thing I was able to get a bargain on 10m of chiffon – I think I’m going to have to make a trial of each to see what I prefer!
I’m heading back to Adelaide this weekend for a kitchen tea my mum and cousin are throwing for me, so things will be a bit quiet here. But hopefully I’ll be back with more news next week!
I still haven’t heard anything from the job interview I went to last week, but I have been asked to interview for another position this afternoon. Fingers crossed I will here some good news soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been thinking a lot about my embroidery, and I have A Question:
When you’re learning something new – say a sewing technique, or an embroidery stitch – do you prefer to learn from photos or videos?
I’d really love to hear your thoughts on this.
Lastly, I thought I’d leave you with a photo that’s making me wonder whether I should rethink my wedding dress skirt. It’s just so beautiful …
I’ve been busy this week organising wedding invitations. They went in the post today, which is very exciting – it makes the whole thing seem a lot more real.
This has meant that I haven’t had a lot of time for wedding dress fitting. I’ve done a little bit of work, and … it hasn’t been overly satisfying. The front is fine, but the back is just so difficult to work out. The big problem, of course, is that it’s really difficult for me to see my own back. To be honest, I’m not really sure what I’m going to do.
So today I decided to take a break and play around with some embroidery.
It’s really changed my mind about what I want to do. The embroidery? Meh. It’s not doing anything for me at all, and I just didn’t like the way the stitching sat on the texture of the fabric. But those sequins – be still my beating heart! I bought them from Alison Cole just after Christmas, and they’ve been sitting in my sewing room calling to me ever since. So now I’m thinking of just scattering sequins down from the shoulders of the bodice – it should be much more achievable than fully embroidering the bodice.
Of course I have to get a bodice that actually fits first. We’ll see what happens.
Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it sounds. I made up yet another bodice toile, and realised I just wasn’t progressing with my fitting. The truth is, I don’t know enough about fitting, and I needed the help of someone who did.
She pinned me into my dress and played around to get the fit right. It was incredibly instructional. The biggest change is along the back waistline, where I need to take out a big wedge of the bodice so that it will fit my curves. (Becky, you were right!)
That’s around 7.5cm/3″ taken out of the bodice at the centre back. No wonder the back was sitting so badly!
I also need to extend the back skirt darts a little, to better fit my curves (and let the skirt out a bit around the hips – it was veering into bandage dress territory).
With the back pinned in appropriately, the front was actually really close (I think it helps that the princess seams actually eased in correctly this time, and I didn’t get any ugly gathers). All I need to do is bring the seam in a little under my bust, to get a closer fit.
It really was amazing to see the difference these changes made. I must admit I still find fitting a bit of a dark art – I think I need a lot more practice before I can get my head around it. But I’m looking forward to getting these changes stitched up properly, so I can really start forging ahead. And please don’t remind me how tight my timeline is getting!
I really wanted to do some more work on the dress this week, so I convinced the Mister to pin me in (not an experience he enjoyed very much). My guess from last week was correct – it was definitely too big.
Yup, definitely way too baggy. Actually, it wasn’t too bad across the hips, but then the skirt isn’t my priority here. So I decided to go down a size to the size 8. I actually traced out the curvy fit skirt as well, but I didn’t have enough fabric for it, so I just cut out the bodice and attached it to the existing skirt, easing in the excess.
The Mister swallowed his hatred of pinning and secured me in the new dress.
Obviously it’s still a bit wrinkled in the back, although I’m not sure how much of that is just a pinning issue. There is also a little excess fabric in the centre front panel, and some diagonal wrinkles in the side panels. I’ll have to do a little research to figure out how to address them – I’m not sure where the best spot is to take in the excess.
Well, that’s all until next week. Fingers crossed I’ll have lots more progress to report!