Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Wedding dress progress and details

Just a few quick snaps on the work in progress on my wedding dress!

Getting closer now, counting the weeks, days. So much to sew, so little time... And so much cursing my complicated construction ideas and thousands of details.

But, I'll get there in time... (Might need a shortcut or two in the end though).

Had to fill out the poor new dress form, she was lacking a bit on the boob front. The blue tape is used to mark out potential seam lines.

Seriously messy workspace.
Fitting the lining
Finally cutting into the slightly expensive dupion silk (which I only had a limited amount of)
Trying the vintage lace on the back
Contemplating fake buttons in the back (there is no opening but they look nice). The friends/family/internet vote is yes so far.

That's it for now! More to come...

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Wedding dress inspiration

The wedding dress sewing is slowly coming along. I have been delayed - quite a bit - by the fact that my DIY dress form had, over the past four years, developed a pretty bad case of scoliosis... Or something similar, in the world of mannequins...

So, que panic purchase of fairly expensive new store-bought adjustable dress form, and the five day wait for delivery. Oh well, I guess it's a good investment.

Anyway, no new progress pics, but for those of you interested, here's a couple of my favorite inspiration pics I used when deciding what to make!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Vintage lace and more wedding dress planning

So, the sewing is coming along fairly well, despite a few oh-I-should-have-bought-this-and-that... As always. Little Miss Last Minute (soon to be Mrs Last Minute, as my future husband is pretty much as bad as me).

One of the more lovely issues of the moment is which of, and if so how much of these vintage lace ribbons I will use. Also, the heavy woven fabric at the top may or may not become part of the waistband for the skirt of the dress... 

Also I have some leftover gold and silver trimmings from a dress I made for one of my best friends for her graduation a bunch of years ago. It has been sitting in my stash since and I was wondering if this might not be the time to put it to use...

I have this lace that I most likely will use on the dress... and I think, that with the gold/silver trimming weaved into it, would look even better (second picture)? (Yes I know the lace is "wrong side out", with the nice edge towards the seam. Good thing it's only pinned in place for comparison!) 

What do you think?

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The great white...

It's alive! Long time since I both sewed and/or blogged anything but it's time to shake some life into forgotten skills... Since I am about to make the greatest of all dresses: my wedding gown! Stay tuned for updates and enjoy some sneak peaks of some of the fabrics I'm using!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Vacation and post #100

Turns out my last blog post, showing my birthday dress finished in all it's glory was my hundredth blog post here! And I didn't even notice until now... Bummer! Guess I'll have to do something special for maybe... number 111.

On another note, I am today off for my first real vacation lasting longer than a week in... well a couple of years. Not that I am going far, just off to my parents place to work on some very different construction than I usually do... We're making a front porch! Can't wait to finally be away from my computer and desk, just be outdoors.

Who knows, I might even get some sewing done on a rainy day!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Finished and modeled: Birthday dress 2013!

And so, I am no longer twenty-something... (but to be honest, turning 30 feels great).

It took two small scraps of amazing fabric, a very long zipper, some polyester satin (more of a lining fabric actually) and half an old sheet (for actual lining), vintage hand made lace, and some silk and satin ribbon... about five hours of machine sewing, one broken needle - one hour swearing about needles breaking on Sunday afternoon when you have zero extras - and about four to five hours hand sewing... this is the result!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Birthday dress hand sewing

Sunday afternoon and the sewing machine needle breaks. I had no extras (how utterly stupid!!) so guess what? I finished putting the dress together, including sewing in a 80 cm long zipper... by hand.

Tomorrow I turn 30 (finally a grownup, at least on paper...) and I'll put some good pics of me in the dress up here then. Oh and by the way: yes, the zipper is on the outside of the dress on purpose.

Here are some snapshots of last nights hard work!