Thursday, October 28, 2010

Ready for the Wedding Day!

Part IV

The front of the finished gown, before Becky added flowers and little rhinestone beads.

Tiny elastic loops to close the covered buttons:

The upper bodice is carefully hand stitched to the original dress, a flange of fabric on the inside to neatly finish the edge. Hidden between layers, I used a piece of light plastic boning across the front neckline to keep it smooth.

I had exactly enough scallops of lace left from re-hemming the dress with the shorter train to trim the neckline! I think the lace really helps tie together the new with the original.

Becky always envisioned little satin buttons down the back of her wedding gown. I used them to close the new upper bodice, and over the zipper at the waistline to blend the two parts together.

To see some beautiful pictures of the wedding day, including the delicate fabric flowers that Becky created and lovingly stitched to her gown, check Lydia Photography Blog

I'm hoping to get a few more pictures up here of the finished dress on Becky, but we are having technical difficulties...

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Gown Transformations - Progress

Part III

The dress had a fairly long train that gave me enough fabric to cut the new bodice pieces, and still leave a pretty sweep at the back of the skirt.

Here are the muslin pattern pieces pinned to the train.

This was the most intense moment of the project for me! Once I cut into the gown I couldn't go back!

Here is the new bodice pinned to the dress.

And the back.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Gown Transformation - Options

Part II

First I took in the dress at the sides, a fairly standard alteration. Then we started making muslin test bodices to try out different styles. The following pictures show the two main cuts that we experimented with:

A wide ballet neckline with a little cap shoulder....

....or a wider shoulder with a deep, slightly sweetheart-shaped neckline.

After settling on the first option I got to work perfecting the fit of the muslin, front and back.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Wedding Gown Shopping!

Part I

I had the opportunity recently to go gown shopping with my soon-to-be-sister, Becky, and some other friends. What a fun and glamorous experience, with room sized three-way mirrors, upholstered chairs, and lots and lots of beautiful dresses! The trip did confirm my suspicions, though--a wedding dress off-the-rack, with sleeves, or even shoulders, was not to be seen! Becky desired to honor her soon-to-be-husband be wearing a dress that was beautiful, but not revealing.

So after some discussion and sketches of possibilities for adding and altering, Becky decided to go ahead with purchasing a beautiful gown by Wtoo and I would make the desired changes.

The style of this dress was perfect on Becky, we all agreed. Not at all stiff or "puffy", soft creamy white and so feminine with all-over lace and delicate gathers accentuating the bodice and waistline.