Saturday, March 26, 2011

Making the Dress: Part 3

Well, friends, it's in one piece!  Still not a finished product - but closer than ever.  Just some hemming and fitting, and it will be aisle-ready!  I love it.  Of course, now that it's together, these Making the Dress segments will be on hold for a while (97 days til the big one!)  Until then, here's a few recents.

This first one represents the whole process - one big journey in problem solving.  We laid out the fabric, took the first cut for the skirt, and then my wise Aunt suggested we measure the rest before making any more cuts.  We did, and had JUST enough for what we needed...that is, until I realized, "we only measured for the skirt!  What about the bodice??"  Uh oh.  So this is a picture of the back of the bodice pattern, which needs to fit on that piece of fabric.  I said I felt like Jesus with the 5 loaves and 2 fish - making a miracle happen.  

But of course, we made it work.  Here it is in pieces!  Aunt Donna told me that this is the part she never lets the bride see.  Oh well, I was happy!  Even though we had put in around 18 hours before even turning on the sewing machine...

No, I didn't hand-stitch my dress.  But I feel like I did with all that basting.  Many parts I actually cut and basted twice, because my Aunt had a nightmare about the lining we had been using (literally) and decided it was all wrong, so she decided to get a different kind and start again.  She was totally right - what we have now is much better, so I was willing to baste the night away.  

Finally, the machine is running!  Here I am putting the first 2 pieces together.

Yay!  Now, it's hanging up for a while, so that the bias of the skirt stretches out - I had no idea that was an important step - glad I'm not doing this alone! (thanks Aunt Donna!)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Spring colours.

Well, it snowed again yesterday.  In light of that, I'm extra anxious to see spring come in full force, with pretty flowers and summery clothes.  Speaking of which, here are some J.Crew (of course) looks that I love for summer.  And some adorable clutches from Ila handbags.  Then, I threw in a bathing suit from J.Crew - love the ruched look, deciding on a colour would be hard...Enjoy the spring colours!

 Ila Handbags and J Crew

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

inspiration board.

Here's my little inspiration board for our wedding!  I used a few paint chips, and some fabric and paper samples that I received.  I can't say I made the board before we started planning and designing - but I really wanted to make one nonetheless.  Makes me feel more designer-ish.  Here it is sitting on top of my 50 lb. roll of burlap - crazy!

Also, they're here!  Remember how I said I wanted these sparkly Toms for my wedding shoes?  I got them!  And I absolutely love them.

white kitchens.

I've always loved the look of white kitchen cabinets.  Right now I have wood (maybe oak?) ones, and I'm looking forward to painting them when I have time to focus on updating my house.  Here's some of my latest inspiration from Style at Home.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Making the Dress: Part 2

Next up, pattern making!  Now that we have the design and the perfect fabric (it seriously thrills me!), it's time to create the pieces to be sewn together.  My Aunt Donna pinned some scrap fabric around me to determine fit and shape.  Then we laid the fabric out onto  a roll of paper.  Because the bodice involves some gathering, we cut the pattern into thin strips and then spaced them out on the paper.  This is so we have the proper proportions, but also enough fabric once it's condensed (gathered) - so smart!  Warning: this step took a few hours - if you plan on making your own dress, be prepared to put in 10+ hours before you even plug in the sewing machine!  And always, always, always measure twice and cut once (if I had a nickel for every time I've heard that!)  

Stay tuned for part 3!


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