|Motif of ribbon flowers and old lace|
I haven't done much historical sewing over the last couple of weeks; partially lack of spoons (the start of semester is always exhausting as all get-out), but chiefly because my needle efforts were concentrated on a Happy Event! Namely, a wedding dress for a dear friend.
Let me immediately disclaim any real kudos for this; the artistic genius and much of the execution was in other hands; I was, okay maybe not a plongeur but no higher than a commis, anyways. But it was exciting and a lot of fun to be part of the project, and the result was not just beautiful in its own right, but completely perfect for the bride in question. (And, in spite of it being executed entirely in colorways I just can't with, I loved the result. Magic!)
|you have no idea how long the|
initial strip of tulle was
In addition to the lace extraction as noted above, my contributions included endless gathering & stitching of miles of deeply annoying tulle; attaching same to the cotton underskirt lining; hemming the underskirt lining; stitching the top of the corset to its lining; a couple other small jobs I'm forgetting; but the most fun was placing and arranging the decorative elements on the dress. It's all the same kind of fun as decorating a Christmas tree, only more so.
|part way through the embellishment process|
There were some late nights involved, but I didn't caaaaaare. Everything about the project--the collaboration, the love, the vision, the outcome--was magical. I'm so happy to have worked on it.
And, of course, the action shot:
|happily ever after!|