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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My wedding dress and veil!!!!! on: July 14, 2016 05:08:22 AM
Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and you looked beautiful on your big day. What an amazing project. Congratulations to you and your husband!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Handmade Wedding Dress (Thanks mom!) on: July 14, 2016 05:06:13 AM
Though I helped, my mother is the artist, seamstress and visionary behind my beautiful dress. Since she doesn't blog, I'll happily brag about her and her talents. Photos by Ryan Greenleaf Photography: http://ryangreenleaf.com/blog/

1950's Simplicity pattern was used for the foundation bodice because of the sweetheart neckline. The 1950's McCall's pattern was used as the bottom of my dress, by extending the length between the waist and knee so that the 'trumpet' occured at the bottom. We also removed width from the 'trumpet' in the front so that the skirt would fall straight down in the front.

Silk satin, pearl buttons, rayon bemberg, grosgrain ribbon (for my belt), and the most exquisite, handmade, french, 100% cotton lace from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco. The lace was quite pricy (worth every. single. penny.), so I could only afford 1 1/8 yards, but I knew my mom and I could figure something out to utilize every little bit. I also decided that I didn't want the dress to be shiny, so I purchased five yards of silk mesh from The Tin Thimble and we added this as a final layer over the top of the silk satin for the skirt.

After we had drafted all the pattern pieces, we started by making a 'muslin' out of pattern-ease. Then we made adjustments around the bust, waist, hips and the length. My mother marked these adjustments on the mock up and then copied them onto the real pattern pieces. Next, my mom made the entire dress out of cotton and then after we knew it fit, she cut all the pieces out of the 'real' fabrics including the rayon (used as a lining), the satin (used for the bodice, skirt and to self-line the bodice), and the silk mesh (used as an overlay for the skirt). We ended up using the muslin as an interlining that went between the rayon lining and the silk exterior.

The bodice overlay ended up being a rectangle of the lace that started at the front side seam, wrapped around my torso and ended at the back side seam, where the pearl buttons are.  I really liked the way dresses with bones felt when I tried them on at the bridal boutique so we added five flexible bones in the foundation of the bodice: one in the center, one over each boob and one on each side-front of the bodice.

Lastly, we had to figure out the bustle. We ended up pulling the longest part of the train to the inside of my dress and using a hook (sewn to the lining) and eye (sewn to the hem of the train). We then pulled up the additional length with four loops (two on each side) and connected the loops with satin ribbon on the outside of the dress.

The medallion on my belt was hand beaded by my sister, Jill. She started with a single 'star' from my lace and filled it in with beads in varying shades of white and taupe to match my shoes and dress. 

It is more beautiful than I had even imagined and I simply cannot express how grateful I am to my mom for all her work.

More about the dress and process on my blog: http://www.palindromedrygoods.com/2016/06/my-handmade-wedding-dress.html#.V4d8VFe3gld

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Eyelet Vintage McCall's 4933 on: April 01, 2016 08:19:06 AM
Such a pretty blouse! Your additions improved the original pattern 100%. eat the pleating on the back!

Thank you so much! I really like the pleading too, I'm very happy with it. Thanks for commenting!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage Vogue 7637 in Wool on: March 31, 2016 02:40:04 PM
Thank you everyone!! Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Eyelet Vintage McCall's 4933 on: March 31, 2016 02:39:14 PM
Such a nice addition to your spring and summer wardrobe!  Did you have to pre-wash the eyelet fabric?

Thank you! And yes, I did. I own about two pieces of clothing that I take to the dry cleaners. Everything else (especially my handmade stuff) has to be tough enough to survive the washing machine (or not-so-delicate hand washing at the least) which means I prewash all my fabric. I expected this eyelet to shrink a lot more than it did, maybe there's polyester or something in the embroidery that prevented it from shrinking so much?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Eyelet Vintage McCall's 4933 on: March 31, 2016 09:03:31 AM
I made this blouse using vintage McCalls 4933 and 100% cotton eyelet fabric. I love seeing all the eyelet blouses and tops in stores this year! I added a 5" cuff to the bottom of the blouse and pleated it in the back. I also took 2" off the sleeve length. The inside is finished with flat fell seams and bias tape.

Thanks for reading, happy sewing!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fitted tank from boxy long sleeved shirt on: March 22, 2016 05:14:31 AM
This is so cute! I love the little detail in back. Such a good idea, thanks for the inspiration!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage McCall's 4933 in Vintage Fabric on: March 15, 2016 06:50:24 PM
Thank you, girls!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Altered Vintage McCall's 7145 on: March 15, 2016 06:46:20 PM
What a sweet and perfect dress! This is wonderful! Very nice job. Smiley

Thank you so much! Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Altered Vintage McCall's 7145 on: March 15, 2016 06:45:53 PM
I love how vintage styles can be updated for modern wear!  You took and inspiration and made it your own--which is why we sew, isn't it? Grin

Love your process (read your blog...such fun!)...it looks lovely and it is nice to know that there are still seamstresses that love the inside looking as nice as the outside!

Well, shucks, thank you so much! Yes, that is exactly why we sew, and aren't we so lucky to be able to do so?! Thank you for commenting and for reading my blog, it is much appreciated!
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