Wedding Dress Update
I love to sew. I mean, I really love the act of sewing two pieces of fabric together. I like placing two pieces of fabric under the presser foot and putting the pedal to the metal. I love to guide the fabric under the needle, watch it whiz across the machine bed and then cut the tails at the end. When I agreed to make my daughter Janelle’s wedding dress, I had visions of feeding yards of beautiful, white, silky fabric under the needle. It seems I forgot that the actually sewing part doesn’t arrive until hours and hours of preparation were accomplished.
And boy as it been a lot of preparation. I approached this project with more apprehension than I normally bring to sewing projects. I’ve had my share of sewing pressure – magazine covers, product packaging and television appearances. But a wedding dress is something different. It’s so personal, it’s my daughter. Her wedding photos – you know what I mean. So I’ve been taking my time and tackling it one step at a time.
Of course, my family has been aware of the process. In fact, my sweet sister, my Stitching Sister, Marie Zinno sent me a text on Sunday afternoon. I didn’t hear from her all weekend, she knew I was working on the dress. Her text said, “Is the wedding dress done yet?” Charming, isn’t she? My sister, she can be 1400 miles away and she still cracks me up.
I responded with an image of bridal fabrics in a heap on the floor with the caption: “Almost.”
What she didn’t know was that a pile of scraps is actually a really good sign because I spent Saturday and Sunday cutting the lining, interlining, silk organza and satin pieces. I pieced the lining for Janelle’s final fitting. I basted the layers for all of the pattern sections. There are 15 – each with intricate markings (that I swear are nearly identical on several pieces!).
When Janelle tried on the lining last night, we both breathed a sigh of relief. Her, because she loved the silhouette. Me, because it fit! So now comes the easy part – the sewing, the part I really love! I’ll spend this weekend piecing the bodice and skirt. After I add the lining and insert the zipper, it’ll be time for hemming and final decorations. The wedding is August 21 – just under a month away and I’d really like to get this wrapped up by August 3rd.
I still haven’t had to time to get a mother of the bride dress but maybe that’ll happen this weekend too. Thank goodness I live in Dallas – where you can shop til you drop.
If you think I’m cutting it close (and I know I am), you have to remember I was out of commission for six weeks – that’s practically a lifetime in my sewing world!
Here’s a sneak peek at some of the bodice sections.
Here’s your assignment this week:
I’ll share the photos of the bride after her big day – don’t want to break any traditions! Speaking of traditions, I’m planning on embroidering a label for the gown, documenting the occasion. Have you ever done that? And if so, what information did you include? We’ll pick one random winner to receive a $20 gift certificate to Designs in Machine Embroidery.
The winner of last week’s assignment answered the following question:
Leave us a note and tell us what Stitch Soup fairy cottage is your favorite. We’ll pick five random winners to receive a $20 gift certificate from Stitch Soup!
The winners are:
Sara Redner: “I love the flowers on the one in the center”
Rosalie sharps: “I like the fairy house that has the yellow flowers on the roof.”
Shawn Marie: “I just am in love with the House of Flowers!”
Patty Sack: “I like the one with the flowers for windows! Too cute.”
Kitt: “I like the Lilly Pad chalet the best”