Right, I’m going to ‘fess up. To serveral things.
No1. I started writing this post and when I looked at my draft (in word) it ran to five pages before I’d added any photos, so I’m gonna spare you all and break it up a bit!
No2. I’m still scared of self portraits which is why this post ended up being so long before it was chopped up; lots of projects all photographed in one go. So the hair and makeup is gonna be pretty consistent for a while!
No3. I’m uncharacteristically disorganised at the moment so haven’t participated in Sew Grateful week. I’ll probably do an all encompassing post later, ‘K?
The oldest finished item ought to be the first in my catch up, it’s only fair don’t you think?
Five months after I finished it, I give you V2903. I loved making this dress and I got a ton of compliments on it at Brother-in-Law’s wedding in early September. The only thing I’d change would be to use a fabric in a natural fibre. It was HOT that day and we were all melting in suits and dresses which were derived from man made fibres. If I could have financed this dress in a natural fibre I would definitely have been more comfortable! Having a massive petticoat on didn’t help with the temperature control either but definitely adds to the dress. Once we got to the evening, the petticoat was removed; here’s the dress with and without ‘poof’.
And here are some of our photos from the day. Doesn’t boy look ridiculously gorgeous in his little tails, waistcoat and cravat? Husband brushed up well too!
There are a ton of emotions tied up in this dress. Happiness in that it was a much anticipated and enjoyed wedding. Happiness in that four days earlier I’d found out I was pregnant and seen our baby the day before the wedding for the first time. There is so much ope associated with this dress, but also a tinge of sadness because that hope and happiness I felt was only to continue for a month as I lost our baby at the beginning of October. It’s amazing how one garment can evoke such strong feelings; particularly as it’s only been worn the once. Realistically I probably wont wear it again because of the (not entirely rational) associations that are tied up with it, but at the same time I won’t be getting rid of it. Not at the moment anyway…
I enjoyed making the dress. Whilst at times I felt under pressure due to having a very fixed deadline and absolutely no plan B, I learnt a lot whilst making it. My knowledge of underlining and the effect it can have on the body and drape of a fabric exploded (Thank You Evie!!). I tried new construction techniques and made my first Vogue pattern (really not that scary, just read the instructions carefully!). I also dyed fabric for the first time which was a lot of fun and turned my hands blue for a day or two!
If I was to make it again, I’d take some of the ease around the waist out as I no realised that I like to accentuate that there is some shape there and this dress doesn’t make the most of that. I’m glad I lobbed a good lump off the length too; to me it reads vintage inspired rather than wanna-be vintage!
All in, I love this dress; I love most of the memories and I love the colour. It’s very definitely an event dress rather than a day to day one and I’m pleased I took the time to make it.