Monday, 27 August 2012
Craftsy Couture Dress - wedding outfits
In February I decided to make my dress for the wedding, following Susan Khalje's couture dress course. I thought it would be a good way to pick up new skills, and it far exceeded my expectations. As a novice, I learned so much from the course.
I had picked up a gorgeous medium weight silk-cotton blend last year, and I knew it would be perfect for the dress. I underlined with silk organza, and lined with china silk (both ordered from Dharma trading). The dress itself is nothing special, I used the pattern that came with the course, Vogue 8648, the sleeveless, slim skirt version.
I think I did a pretty good job fitting the front, but the back was not as good. I have lost some weight since the wedding, so I think it fit me better back then.
I used swarovski seed beads in pewter to accent the hand picked zipper. The dress was fairly plain and I wanted a little extra oomph.
The dress took a _really_ long time to sew. Most of the techniques were new to me, and I estimate that I spent 60-70 hours on the dress. At the same time I was making vests and pants for the three ring-bearers / junior ushers. Two of them live across the ocean from me so I had to mail trial versions (yes multiple versions) to get the fit right. I got a great deal on a British super 100s lightweight wool suiting. It was a dream to sew. The vests were fully lined and had real welt pockets (my first time doing welt pockets), but for the pants I ran out of time, and did fake fly fronts for the two littlest boys.
I left my son's outfit behind, so all I have is this iphone picture from my sister: