Mother “When are you going to start on your dress, Sarah? I’m getting worried.”
Me “Today. As soon as we finish up at the lampshade store. ”
…..and so after months of procrastination accompanied by some angst, I began the Mother of the Bride dress on Tuesday afternoon. It’s true, I’ve been putting it off while hoping to achieve the elusive perfect weight, shape, size etc……….. I mean what if I lose an inch in my waist after I make the dress?
In March I asked for your help in finding fabric and a pattern for my Mother of the Bride dress, and I received more kindness than I knew existed.
Several readers suggested I shop at Mendel Goldberg in NYC. I had no trips to NYC planned and the shop does not have an online store. Would you believe that Leisa Stanton from A Challenging Sew put me in touch with Alice, then drove into the city from her Connecticut home, and together with Alice showed me fabrics on Facetime?
My fabric is a silk matelasse featuring a sporadic metallic pattern.
Upon receiving the small sample of fabric and coordinating trim I decided against the fabric, thinking it was too light and might compete with Katie’s wedding dress.
Two weeks later at the Susan Khalje class in Baltimore I learned Alice would be coming to Baltimore with fabric including the silk matelasse. When the entire class marveled during the unveiling of the fabric I reconsidered.
It’s a fabric that is beautifully affected by differing lights.
Once it was mine, I received several comments and lots of advice.
“You need to drape this fabric,” stated Alice upon handing me the fabric.
“Keep it simple. Whatever you do keep it simple.” replied a classmate ……..
and Susan Khalje reminded me to take advantage of the fabric’s great movement.
I became scared all over again questioning the wisdom of my decision to make this dress. Why didn’t I just buy one before I started my 2014 Ready-to-Wear fast?
I started looking for the perfect pattern AGAIN. Then last week a sewing angel arrived at my house.
Through blogging many people have entered my life for which I am grateful. Ten days ago I met a Goodbye Valentino reader from Texas who was visiting a mutual friend in South Carolina. Would you believe we were both wearing the same dress when she arrived at my house?
I took it as a sign ;)
During our visit Cheryl and her friend, Paula looked through all of my patterns and within minutes a decision was made – at least for a muslin.
I’ve extended the pattern to a floor length a-line skirt and am teetering between a strapless dress or one with spaghetti straps. The finished dress will dictate whether I make a wrap or a short jacket to wear in the church.
…….. and two weeks ago I bought the coordinating trim.
I’ve started on the muslin and intend to enlist the help of a friend with the fitting.
I also plan to review any pertinent Craftsy class I’ve taken including:
40 Techniques Every Sewer Should Know – Gail Yellen who provides excellent princess seam instruction,
Sew the Perfect Fit Online Sewing Class with Lynda Maynard since I’ve sewn this pattern before,
the treasured Susan Khalje Online Couture Dress Class from which I learned so much about dressmaking. Also, Susan has just released the first of a series of couture videos entitled The Cocktail Dress (which comes with a pattern) and I know it will be helpful :)
Surely with the help of virtual friends, live friends, virtual classes, live classes, gorgeous fabric and a gym full of weights and treadmills I can make a beautiful dress for this special occasion and wear it well!
Something tells me it’s time to just do it.
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