Making a wedding dress (part 2)

Well, the dress is now cut out and I’ve tacked the bodice ready for fitting. But life is still teaching me lessons. The biggest one is – give yourself lots of time to do a big project like this. The first reason is that your ideas change as you go along, and your new ideas may be more time-consuming.

We initially thought we would add some beading to the bodice to give it pizzazz, but with a deep purple fabric, which is shiny and crushed, we just couldn’t see how to make it work. So last weekend, I started playing around with ribbons and flowers. Now, our idea is to add a ribbon and flower embellishment on the two central panels at the front and the back. The rest of the dress will be plain. As it has a pulled up ball gown skirt, I think this option will be better. Here are some photos of my ideas.

 

This was my first attempt on a scrap, but it gives you an idea.
This was my first attempt on a scrap, but it gives you an idea.

I discovered that it’s almost impossible to get a perfect circle with this kind of ribbon, though.

The jacket she will wear with the ribbon embellishment showing.
The silk jacket she will wear with the ribbon embellishment showing.

So I went back to the drawing board. What if I used voile ribbon? And look at the gorgeous flowers I found! Pity she says she doesn’t like them.

voile ribbon with gorgeous flowers. Which colour to use? Will be experimenting today.
voile ribbon with gorgeous flowers. Which colour to use? Will be experimenting today.

The second reason is that life sometimes throws you a curve ball. My mom in South Africa needs a hip operation, and I want to go there to help my her and my dad, who is still recovering from an accident and can’t manage on his own. So it looks as if I’ll be in SA for April and get back here in time to do the final bits on the dress before the wedding in May. Whew! So in the next two to three weeks, I need to basically finish this dress.

So what do you think? Are we on the right road? If any of you have advice for me about the ribbon embellishment, please feel free to give it. I’m willing to try anything at the moment. I’ve been searching the net for “how tos”  but not found much that is very useful.

Have a crafty day everyone.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Making a wedding dress (part 2)

  1. The material is beautiful. Can’t wait to see the finished dress. It’s going to be gorgeous. No advice on the ribbon, unfortunately. This is way beyond my skill level. And to be finishing this when you need to go help your parents. Oh, my. Good luck with everything!

  2. Thank you Lynn. I’m going ribbon crazy at the moment, but I’m trysting that in the end, it’ll be good. It is so exciting to be able to do it. Actually, I’ve already made this pattern once as a test, so I know the actual sewing doesn’t take very long. It’s the final touches that are time-consuming.

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