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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Dress

Boy, once the wedding was over I thought life would slow down.  NOT!  So, long after the fact, here are pictures of the finished dress.  Like almost every other woman I know, I wish I was my younger, slimmer self, but all in all, I was pleased with how it came out.  I sewed on it right up to the night before the wedding.  Apparently starting 7 weeks early wasn't quite enough.  Or, perhaps it's that old adage that a job always expands to fill the time allotted.  
This has to be one of the most complicated garments I have ever made.  It required a lot of hand-basting of the lace and silk chiffon layers to each other before any construction seam could be attempted.  After that it was pretty straight forward.  It wasn't as hard as a tailored jacket but the bustier was tricky.  I kept allowing too much ease for the boning.  I had to remove the boning pockets twice, take in the seams, replace the pockets and the boning and check the fit.  I still could have made it tighter but adding a waist stay ribbon made it close enough.  I think the bustier alone took me about 3 1/2 weeks working on it off and on.
The wedding day turned out perfectly.  Even better than the dress.  We're taking it as a good omen for the rest of our days together.


Gerrie said...

You look fabulous! Beautiful dress and beautiful bride. Thanks for posting this. Wishing you both much happiness.

jeanne Marklin said...

Congratulations! On both the marriage and the dress :-) you look fabulous and I'm sure Bill was mesmerized. My sister in law wears her wedding dress every anniversary for a few minutes. Your dress is so beautiful that you should definitely wear it again. Wishing you great happiness and peace!