…….. before switching to my new site!
I’m ready for a change and am quite excited about the new blog launching over the weekend.
Switching sites reminds me of moving to a new house with a twist…….. packing all of the photos, posts and comments …….. leaving cozy and familiar surroundings for something bigger and better……. and getting things set up in the new place.
It’s quite the project which I believe will be well worth the effort.
My last post here is one many of you have requested: The Wedding Wardrobe.
I just finished reading a post from Sew Jean Margaret, a RTW Faster who recently married. Jean planned to sew her wedding dress and made a fabulous muslin. She lives in Australia, and after waiting 5 weeks on fabric to arrive from the US, stress set in. Jean understandably cancelled her order and bought a gorgeous dress. If it had been my wedding I would have absolutely done the same thing :)
I almost did the same thing anyway, but I managed to get through my daughter’s wedding without buying clothes for any of the activities.
Here is a quick look of almost everything……..
The day after Katie and Will became engaged our families celebrated at dinner in Charleston. I wore Butterick 5917, which is the second version of a pattern I love and hope to make one more time.
The happy couple’s first party was an Oyster Roast on Wadmalaw Island in February. I made my second pair of Style Arc Elle just for the occasion. Sadly there are no pics of me after taking off my coat.
I wore the pants with a sweater I received for Christmas and a scarf I bought in Switzerland in 2001.
I had so hoped to make lots of clothes for the wedding festivities but it just didn’t happen! Fortunately, my previous sewing frenzy provided many choices, and I wore the first lace dress sewn for the Mood Sewing Network Lace Challenge to a shower in May. Pardon the sun in our eyes – Hubby wasn’t there to take photos ;)
Planning a wedding continuously reminded me of one of life’s great lessons………
Go With the Flow!
I planned to make my Mother of the Bride dress during my second Couture Sewing School experience with Susan Khalje. When the big week arrived I was still undecided on fabric and a pattern. Instead I made a party dress in a Valentino satin-faced silk chiffon under Susan’s guidance, and wore it to an engagement party.The dress was special. I came home with my MOB fabric, and then surprisingly became paralyzed with fear. I began to dread hearing the question, “How is your Mother of the Bride dress coming along?”
At a Luau I wore a dress sewn from a pattern I was contemplating for the Mother of the Bride dress, a 1966 McCall’s pattern. Going with the flow, I made necessary alterations to make it work, and in the end I achieved the look I was after.
I’m missing photos from a casual luncheon in Charleston where I wore the Ribbon Skirt. Although it’s easy to assemble, the skirt always makes a huge impact! I’m also missing photos from a dinner welcoming early out-of-town arrivals for the wedding, but I wore an old Elle Tahari RTW, so who cares, right?
Bridesmaids’ Luncheons are always my favorite wedding weekend activity! I wore what might be my favorite all time dress, a dress inspired by the Kate Spade Aubrey Wrap dress.
I’ve made the vintage Simplicity pattern twice and who knows….. I might sew a 3rd!
I have found the dress is perfect for many occasions as it was here :)
For the Rehearsal Dinner, I decided to retire the dress that started the blog: my Valentino.
It’s a fantastic party dress that I bought to wear to one of my best friends’ daughter’s wedding, and I have constantly worn for it the last three and a half years. It’s time to put the Valentino away for a while and I wanted it to go out with a bang :) !
So that brings me to the dress that was practically my undoing.
My conclusion is this. The wedding was fun – perfect, in my opinion. It was quite the blast for all!
My clothes were unique and appropriate, and due to my previous non-stop sewing, I found myself in a good place. With the exception of the Engagement Party and MOB dress, the clothes I made cost practically nothing, but if I was faced with sewing all of these clothes while planning a wedding I would have cracked up.
For me the moral of the story is to keep sewing whatever strikes my fancy. I believe the clothes I make will always be worn and worn well when they reflect my lifestyle!
Best wishes :)