I am going to cut out my daughter’s wedding dress. There. I said it out loud. But before I do, I just have to say, it takes a lot of courage to commit to make a wedding dress. Shortly after she got engaged, she asked me to make the dress. Never one to let my children down, I agreed. Time marched on before we finally got to a bridal shop to try on dresses. She lives a fairly casual life and I wanted her to know what it feels like to wear a wedding dress. And I wanted to confirm her desires – mermaid, aline, sheath, open back, sleeves, sweetheart neckline, well, you get the idea – there were a million decisions to be made.
Then we shopped for fabric. That took a couple of trips – spread out over a month. Although I ‘kinda’ got a feel for what she wanted we didn’t have any luck in finding all of the right materials. We did purchase the patterns (Vogue 8997 and 1032) and the satin. But we still needed lace, lining, interlining and organza. In the meantime, I made the muslin and perfected the fit. But finding the other materials was presenting a challenge. And then….I got injured and couldn’t drive, sew or embroider for six weeks. Oh boy, the days were flipping by with no progress.
Until last Saturday, we paid a visit to one of Dallas’ finest fabric stores, Richard Brooks. Before we went, I wanted her to see what the satin would like and how it would photograph in the bright sun. I had her step on a clean, large towel and draped the fabric around her. I took a photo with the shiny side.
When we arrived at Richard Brooks, we found everything we needed under one roof. We spread out an expanse of silk charmeuse (shiny side up) on a broad table and auditioned lace after lace. She’s not a sewist (currently) so she needed a little guidance about drape and transparency but after a little while she began to appreciate the subtle differences in each lace. And then she made her selection. She has excellent taste and we’ll use this beaded and sequined embroidered lace in delicate touches. She comes for one last fitting tonight before I cut the lace for the princess-seamed bodice and then I’m off to the races (well, not really, I’m still healing but that’s another blog).
We quickly designed several dresses with some of the gorgeous fabrics but logic set in and we walked out with just the bridal supplies. I have to get through this before I tackle another personal sewing project. God only knows what the mother of the bride will wear!
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The winners is:
Glenda: “For me, I like designs that can be used more than once and can be changed by adding more or sometimes taking away. They need to be clean and not too busy. Sometimes less is better.”