The first step is really gathering ideas/inspiration and sketching my design, but that would reveal too much at this point. Maybe I'll do a prequel sometime! For this post, I'm jumping in at buying the fabric. I gathered the girls together on a Saturday afternoon, and even though a blizzard threatened us to stay home, we braved the 401 for a day in Toronto's fashion district. I didn't pick a specific store, but I knew that heading to the corner of Queen and Spadina was where we should start. We went into the first store we saw, and that's where we found it!
Leo's Textiles was wall to wall bolts of bridal fabric with lots of sweet Asian ladies bustling around (their fluffy dog was sleeping on the floor near the front door!) You won't believe this, but the first bolt of fabric I pulled out was EXACTLY what I was looking for. Then a lovely lady named Suzy led us directly to the right fabric for the bridesmaids dresses*! Really! So in 20 minutes we picked it, paid for it, and packed it up!
We even asked Suzy if she would take a picture with us - she was so cute and excited to help "such beautiful girls"!
That's me in front of the store holding my bag full of fabric!
I really couldn't have planned a better experience - it was lovely. I was soooo happy!
Mmmmmm, plus we had my favourite fast food - Chipotle Mexican Grill - for dinner. And to top it all off, I got the cutest text from Bryce asking if he could rent us a movie and have some snacks ready when we got back. Of course we would! Here's his handiwork - complete with 27 Dresses ready to play in the background!
That's all for part 1! Next up, making the bodice pattern!
*Did I mention we're also doing the bridesmaids dresses? The fabric is the same for all, but each girl got to choose their own design - they will look fabulous! (oh, and did I mention they've only paid $30 so far? yep. Might be $10 more for the lining...)