So, here I find myself, with the last Wedding Dress Wednesday post. We got our professional photographs yesterday, by the wonderful Scout from Whitewall Photography.
Besides Scout, I have to thank Morgan from The Tenth Meadow for her beautiful flowers, and David from David Frith Jewellery for not only our rings, but also my and my bridesmaids’ earrings. A special mention to Clare and Ben at Yangoora Estate/Anderson Hill, for such a lovely venue.
And, of course, to Matt, for bringing everything that’s wonderful into my life.
PS It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t leave you with an outtake!
The motif is attached!
It’s a bit hard to see on the mannequin, because in this case she’s just not close enough to my measurements. But it’s looking really good!
I put in some fusible interfacing, but I’m not happy with it; the adhesive isn’t very good, and it’s causing bubbles. So once the lining has been attached around the neckline and armholes I’ll take the interfacing out – it can just provide a bit of extra support behind the motif and along the seamlines.
I am a little bit concerned about how heavy the motif is. I’m going to put in a waist stay, which should help. I’m also thinking that, maybe in addition to fully lining the bodice, I should add a facing around the neckline in a firmer fabric. What do you think?
Today has not been a good day. Today was the day that I realised I’m not going to be able to make my skirt work the way I wanted. I’m just not skilled enough to get it to drape how I wanted. And the elephant in the room I’d been ignoring – the seam down the front – suddenly stomped around and smashed a whole heap of things.
So I phoned my mum, cried a bit, and we came up with a solution, which is essentially this Burda pattern:
I’ll still have a princess-seamed bodice, and the skirt will be one layer of satin and two layers of georgette. I’ll have enough georgette to be able to use it for the sash as well. I had been planning to self-line the bodice, but now I’ll have to use a lining fabric; fortunately the shop I bought my dress fabric from convinced me to buy lining for the skirt (which I wasn’t convinced I needed), so I can use that for the bodice.
I’m not sure that I’m completely happy yet; the other night I had a nightmare that my dress didn’t work out, and today I’ve felt a little bit like it’s been coming true. But hopefully it will work out in the end.
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’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.