Wedding Excitement & Sewing Boo-Boos
Here’s my smilin’, gorgeous bride-daughter at her wedding shower last Sunday. Many told her she looked like ‘Barbie’! Such fun…
The 2nd picture is an extra special gift – a Bridal Basket glassware antique from my parents. At 86 this year, it is very special that they are both still alive and hopefully will get to the wedding with my brother’s help.
Here is my project of yesterday – and I was reminded what therapy sewing is. ALAS – good thing those 4 pie-shaped skirt pieces were symmetrical, as when I went to sew them together, I realized I hadn’t flipped the pattern pieces when cutting them out! I was obsessed with matching the border-effect of the polka dots, and plum forgot.
I must say, too, that this dress ‘put me in my place’ – oft times sewing just isn’t that easy, and directions do NOT make sense. I had even fitted a muslin top before I cut out the dress itself – then used that ‘muslin’ – actually silk tafetta left over from the wedding gown – as the underlining for this fabric. Sew…should have fit perfectly – eh? I thought the stable tafetta would have more than acted as ‘stay’ along the diagonal front neckline lines. NOT! I had to take it up – 2 times at the shoulders to get rid of the majority of the neckline gap AND slide the overlapping tops down into the midriff piece about 1.5″ TOO.
The invisible zipper on the left side seam goes from arm pit through midriff, into the skirt, and I lined the bodice and midriff with silk batiste – and it was amazing to me the sewing that doing that entailed. I’ve left the skirt unlined, as she’s ‘borrowing’ one of the bridesmaids’ full crinoline type slips to wear underneath. Besides – I wonder if this dress will ever be worn more than at the Rehearsal Dinner. She absolutely loves polka dots – so we were thrilled to find this at Hancock’s. It is actually a satin, but I convinced her that sheen = larger, so we’ve used the backside tafetta side as the ‘outside’ for the dress.