Okay, I didn't make this, but I just have to show it off.
My mother has been sewing since she was in first grade, and she got me started at a similar age. Everything I know, I learned from her. She's brilliant
. So when she offered to make my dress and veil for my wedding in August, I was thrilled...especially since none of the store dresses I'd seen had really impressed me. (I'm a big believer in modesty. Most wedding dress makers are not. Also, I have an F-cup chest. Strapless gowns--which are the "in thing" right now--will not work for me, even if I were willing to wear them.)
Now, finally, after two months of getting my knuckles rapped if I went anywhere near the sewing machine and hearing Mom go on cuss-ridden rants about chiffon, the dress and veil are done! (Well, except for the hemming, since we don't have shoes yet.) Take a look:
(Don't pay attention to the glowing blue eyes. My eyes always turn bright, glowing, spawn-of-the-devil red in photos, and there are things even Photoshop can't completely fix!)
The bodice is made of a flower-print ivory brocade. It doesn't show up very well in pictures, because it's VERY shiny. The skirt is ivory satin. The sleeves and overskirt are both made of ivory chiffon and sewn with French seams, hence the swearing. The bodice and skirt are both fully lined and fully underlined. The veil is double layered and made from ivory shimmer tulle, and the back is beaded with ivory pearls. The body of the dress came from one pattern, but the bell sleeves are from another, as the original dress pattern had floor-length Stevie Nicks sleeves which were gorgeous but not buffet-line friendly! The bodice also required a full bust adjustment to fit me. (Sigh.)
Mom is currently making herself an aqua, crepe-back satin mother of the bride dress. I can hear her swearing about full bust adjustments as I type. Some things never change.
(Hopefully, when she's done with that, I'll finally be allowed to use the sewing machine again...and can post some of my own projects.)