Heya boys and girls, just a quick, cheeky mid-week post to tell you about something that’s making me really excited at the moment!
You might have heard about me getting married in October in the Caribbean and that I’m mad enough to make my own wedding dress. Daunting, I know, but I did choose something really sensible and hopefully easy to put together, so I will keep my sanity (and by extension, my finance’s). I really have no more excuses to procrastinate – I did get my amazing sewing room a little while ago, so even the feng shui is working in my favour!
Making my wedding dress has been a big dream of mine. In fact I used to say to my fiancé that I mostly want to get married so I can do that (didn’t really go down that well, but hey ho, he still proposed 🙂 ). Initially, we had planned to get hitched in the UK, in a lovely village hall in the Cotswolds, and I had the perfect vintage dress all planned. I even took a pattern cutting class to learn how to make the pattern myself. Which I did and I have a perfectly fitted toile in a cupboard somewhere to prove it! But then we totally bailed out on the wedding prep, family agro and the fact that everything tripled the second you mentioned the ‘W’ word and decided to run off to a small island in the sun.
And I was back to the drawing board wedding dress-wise, as I just didn’t feel the dress I had planned for a potentially cold and very likely rainy April in the English country side would work for a sunny beach. But thanks to my frenemy, Pinterest, it didn’t take me very long to come up with a new idea. If you fancy looking through the though process, here is my wedding inspiration mood-board. Not revealing anything just yet, to keep you in suspense and my fiancé in the dark!
So that was the easy part… But then, being a sustainable girl at heart, I really wanted to incorporate this aspect in this very important day, by using sustainable/ethical fabric. I started researching various options, getting a million samples from as far as Cambodia (peace silk). But then a very wise friend pointed out that actually the best thing I can do is reuse an already existing dress. I didn’t like the idea of getting a second-hand dress for various reasons, and my mum didn’t wear a wedding dress when she got married, so I decided to get an old dress that no-one would want any more and reclaim the fabric. The bigger, the better, with loads of frills and a long long train, but most importantly, made out of really great fabric.
I looked in charity shops and asked around, but in the end, good old eBay was the answer. After a few weeks of looking, bidding, being outbid, I won an auction. It probably wasn’t the ugliest dress I could find, but I loved the fabric and there seemed to be a lot of it, so ticked at least a few of my boxes. Plus I got a ridiculous amount of fabric (albeit having to unpick yards of stitches) for a really good price that would hardly buy me one yard of new silk duchess satin. Win Win Win, I say!
Step one achieved! I now need to start working on the design – I’m mixing and matching a few ideas and I need to start the first toile. I’m a bit excited and apprehensive, but time to bite the bullet and go for it!
If anyone has any own wedding dress making experiences/advices, or even just encouragements, please do let me know, I need all the pep talk I can get :).