Friends, I’ve almost beaten the procrastination and made a bit of progress with the wedding dress project… At least, on the prep side. As I was telling you in the previous post on this topic, I decided I not only wanted to make my own wedding dress, but I wanted a sustainable one at that. And my way to go about it was to buy an old dress off eBay and take it to pieces to recover the fabric and make a new dress I designed, from scratch.
Soooo, a few weeks later, I did just that. It took me three hours to get from this:
Unfortunately, the process, albeit somewhat cathartic, was also a bit disappointing. As I was unpicking, I came across the care label and I realised that my beautiful find is actually not silk as I imagined, but polyester :(. But nevermind, still keeping up with my principles, as I am reusing this one dress into possibly two or even three new projects.
Not sure if you have ever picked apart a wedding dress, and I suspect not, this is my first one as well), but boy, there are a lot of stuff going on in there… This one had a massive tulle petticoat, then the duchesse satin lining, which was also underlined, plus the taffeta main fabric. Plus boning, of course. No wonder it took the better part of 3 hours!
There is quite a lot of fabric as a result, but it’s quite oddly shaped, like this back piece from the lining.
The main fabric is mostly sewn in a circle shape, so even more complicated. But again, a lot of it:
With all the pieces unpicked, I washed it all in the washing machine on cold and we’re good to go!
So I just need to figure out how to turn my weird resulting fabric into the dress of my dreams! I actually quite like the lining duchesse satin better that the taffeta, it’s a lighter colour, ivory, versus the pale gold/champagne of the main fabric. But not to worry, I already have plans for that too.
In part 3 I’ll tell you about how I’m learning draping on the stand to sort out the bodice piece, as all my attempts to find and fit an existing pattern failed miserably.
My only question now is: does anyone want a tulle petticoat?
Happy unpicking :)!