Wedding Dress Blues
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The Wedding Dress. I still have my wedding dress, it is safely in a box in the basement, not sure what to do with it now. Before I got married I had grand plans for my wedding dress. This is what I wanted it to look like only in blue.
I didn’t want a traditional white gown and found a beautiful blue velvet and blue silk tafefetta for the over skirt. I didn’t have time to make it myself so I had a seamstress make it up. This recommendation came from my mom who knows about sewing and such, so I felt comfortable with her recommendation. I’m sure you can sense some foreboding here.
Now, I have never had a wedding dress made or even a prom dress made by a ‘professional’ seamstress. So, I had no idea really what to expect. This woman apparently had been sewing since she was two. Okay. The first thing I had to do was send her my measurements and she would then make the dress. And, that was it? No muslin, no pre-dress warm-up, just send the measurements, the fabric and she was good to go. Red Flag.
Oh, and of course this was all going down about 2 weeks before the wedding.
I got the dress back and tried it on, the velvet dress was huge and very heavy. It was a woven velvet but the dress was lined with a stretch lining. Not sure what that was about. It had absolutely no shape or drape to it. I just looked like a long blue tube. I put the skirt on and asked my older sister, she said it “it looks great” all while grimacing painfully.
Long story short the dress was stitched well but it really did look awful on me. Admittedly, I did not go into this well prepared at all. Turns out the woman was legally blind and had only sewn custom doll clothes.
Anyhoo, I made a mad dash to several bridal stores in the area found The Wedding Dress the night before the rehearsal dinner. It only needed the French bustling to be fixed and straps to be taken up. My cousin Jodi and anyone else helped get it all together that night. So very lucky that everything turned out well.
Looking back on my wedding day it all seems so long ago. Here I am in The Dress. I was really prurty that day(the dude isn’t too bad either).
What was your wedding dress like? Did you have a great experience or something else? Would you like to make your own? Let me know on the blog!