Well, the holidays are finally over and it's time to get on with a little backlogged posting. Last summer I made two wedding gowns. It pretty much took up my whole life and, as expected, I loved every minute of it. They are very different dresses for VERY different women, so take a look…
This dress was made for a friend who asked me to "help" her with her gown, which is beyond euphemistic since she doesn't know a presser foot from a street taco. But hey, I love 'er and it was a hell of a lot of fun.
I enjoy fitting curvy women because the result of a job well done is so satisfying. Both of these dresses started with fitting muslins and completed with couture techniques such as underlining, hand lace appliqué, and lots of hand sewing.
The fitting muslin is under the lace in this shot, and I thread-traced all of the stitching lines and other markings into the lace with red thread.
There is a seam under the arrow. There were 7 seams and darts in the lace, plus the scallops appliquéd at top and bottom edges and I was really happy with the result. It still amazes me how they can just disappear!
Here's part of the boned corselet.
I had recently run across my old Girl Scout badges, including the one acknowledging my skating accomplishments
. This bride is a Roller Derby girl so I surprised her by sewing the badge inside. She loved it!
I haven't seen any of the official wedding photos but here are a few more taken by a friend of mine.
The second dress was for my lovely niece. Bias cut silk charmeuse on her 5'11" frame was perfect. The dress was lined with the most delicious petal pink silk/cotton batiste. To die for!
Here's a bit of the fitting muslin. So much important and indispensable information.
And here is my daughter sewing with me on FaceTime…she lives in Copenhagen…so far away. We like to hang out for hours, sewing or cooking. It's the next best thing to having her home.
Thanks for looking