The time has finally come... drum roll please... to reveal the "official" photos from our wedding 3 weeks ago!
It was such a perfect day - the sun came out for us (this may not sound like such a big thing for my non-UK readers but believe us, we were so lucky) and every single detail went to plan. We were able to just really enjoy ourselves throughout the whole day.
Now the dresses. For those who have been following my blog in the past year, I made both my wedding dress and my bridesmaid's dress.
My wedding dress
Yep, it was a huge project, especially as I wasn't that experienced at sewing when I started it. Two full toiles and countless adjustments later, we got there!
The dress has 7 layers:
1) silk dupion pleats and drape,
2) silk organza underlining for the pleats,
3) silk dupion for dress layer,
4) silk organza underlining,
5) silk habotai lining,
6) cotton corselette with spiral steel boning, and
7) silk dupion corselette lining.
I used Simplicity 2959 as a starting point, not because of pictures on the pattern envelope, but the clean princess lines and the pleats. I made lots and lots of adjustments - to name a few:
- I added lots of layers including a corselette which extends to below my hips (see the corselette here);
- I changed the bodice to a sweetheart neckline - I didn't like how pointy the neckline was from 2959 and preferred a softer shape. I used Simplicity 4070 for the neckline instead - 4070 is also what I used for my BM dress as we thought it would be cute to have the same neckline;
- I changed the overall shape of the design - I found the skirt to be too full, and preferred a fitted dropped waist bodice and a more A-line skirt. I reduced the width significantly for the whole length, but more so around the hip area;
- I added a lace-up back and omitted the bow (see here for the lace-up back and here for a tutorial);
- I lengthened the train to a chapel length;
- I ignored the pattern pieces for the pleats and made them to include a diagonal drape by trial and error with tissue paper (see here);
- I added a waist stay;
- I added a one-tier French bustle (see here); and
- I dissected a bra and added them to the corselette (see here).
Would you believe me when I say that I think of the whole process fondly?? OK, there were a couple of times when all that hand sewing got too much and/or I doubted myself, and not to mention that horrific spider incident (read about it here - ewww) but overall it went smoothly! Who'd have known that I had this much patience?
No doubt it was a steep learning curve, and I feel so much more experienced at sewing after the process. And almost a year's labour was absolutely worth it!
Quick word of warning - there are a lot of photos (but haven't I done well narrowing down from 900+ photos??)
The dress with the bustle done up in the evening: