Finally some construction details of my #handmadeweddingdress for anyone who might find it useful. I made the dress using three different patterns: a princess-seamed bodice and cap sleeve from a wedding dress pattern #v2788 , the open diamond back (which needs a construction post of its own!) was #s1157 and the skirt #v8998 . I had a whopping 59(!) pieces to cut out with the lovely slubbed silk dupioni for the main fabric, hand-basted organza underlining, lace overlay, nude woven mesh to stabilise the back and then silk satin to fully line it. Oh, and the tulle overlay which were 2 giant gathered rectangles.
I inserted a hand-picked lapped zip (from my Grandma's stash ❤ used a hem facing for the panelled skirt and the lovely pitttrading lace with scalloped edge for the cap sleeves. The final stage was to add more lace cutouts for the applique which I applied to the tulle layer. Sounds easy when you say it like that!
So other than patience, what did I learn?
1) Toile, toile and toile again. I didn't toile the skirt, it screwed up, I barely had enough fabric to rescue it and had to piece one panel.
2) Silk satin is a bitch and I never want to work with it again.
3) Big projects needn't be scary so long as you put in the research and preparation and take it one step at a time.
4) Choosing to sew my own wedding dress is one of the best decisions I ever made but I get that it's not for everyone, and finally;
5) #sewingfriendsarethebest 🧡 Thanks to all of you who cheered me on from the sidelines, offered me guidance, helped me fit the back and got a cold bum sitting on the floor to level my huge hem. This #sewingcommunity is seriously the best! 🙌🙏