Friday, September 22, 2017

The Wedding



Alex and Patrick MacMartin

Alex and Patrick were  married on August 27.  

I did not take any photos at the wedding and I forgot to take a photo or two of the bride before we left the house.  I have a few photos from guests and that's what I am sharing with you. It will be several weeks until they get the professional photos.

Burda called for the lining to be used as an underlining in the bodice plus a lining, but called for only two layers in the skirt. In the magazine photo, you could see the model's legs, not something that  Alex wanted so I added another layer of the georgette for the skirt.   We had a bright, sunny day and no show through. 

The dress is from Burda Style 3/17 #105
I bought 15 yards of silk double georgette I had about a yard left, purchased from Banksville Designer Fabrics.
4 yards of silk charmeuse lining also from Banksville. The bodice and the zipper area were interfaced with silk organza from my stash. Narrow strips of organza were used to stay the back neckline.
I used Mettler cotton embroidery thread.  I mention the thread because it was fabulous to work with especially since I hand basted all of the georgette layers by hand and not once did I have knotted thread.  
  
I had trouble sewing the long skirt seams and didn't think to use my walking foot which probably would have helped.  But I don't love using the walking foot and never thought of it until afterwards. 

The instructions were not very good, even for Burda.  They actually think that you can turn the dress through the shoulder straps.  No, not possible.  Even with only two layers I don't think it's possible.  I should have known better, but the last time I made a lined, sleeveless dress with narrow shoulder straps was when Alex was about 11, or 20 years ago.  I really should have looked at better instructions before, but I didn't. I ended up cutting strips of bias lining and making a doubled bias facing.  After sewing it to to the dress I pressed it to the inside and hand stitched it to the underlining. It worked.  I made a baby hem on the outer layer and ended up just serging the inner layers. It wasn't what I intended to do, but as  I had issues with the length due to an error I made early on and   I was running out of time and no one would see them.  I do not recommend not having any fittings in the real fabric, but that's what we had.  She lost a little weight but it fit reasonably well.  She loved it, which is really all that mattered!

Enough said.  Alex is planning on having the dress cut off above the knee and dyeing it red.  I gave her extra thread for hemming since polyester doesn't dye well.  She and Patrick are going on their honeymoon in December (between semesters) and she's going to wear it then.  
They are lucky that that they planned a later honemoon because Patrick's National Guard unit got called up to go Houston Sunday night after the wedding. He went with the second convoy that drove down from Austin. and ended up in Port Arthur at a Sears that had been set up as a medical unit.  He's a medic and he did lots of intake and gave tetanus shots.

Alex was the most laid back brides imaginable and everything worked out perfectly.  Alex and Patrick were happy with everything and
a lovely time was had by all.








42 comments:

  1. Beautiful bride in a lovely dress, happy days to them both!

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  2. Beautiful bride in a lovely dress, happy days to them both!

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  3. She is a beautiful bride, and her dress is gorgeous. Congratulations on her marriage.

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  4. These are such lovely photos. Congratulations and here's to a long and happy life together for them🍷.
    The dress is awesome. A wonderful and difficult job well done.

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  5. what a gorgeous dress, the fabric choices were perfect and you can see in the photos how the skirt moved, just beautiful.and a perfect fit. I think with formal or "one occasion" dresses, the finish on the inside is less important and the finish and fit are paramount. How special for her to have a dress made by you. Congrats to the couple and to you as well for making such a lovely dress.

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    1. Thank you. It was exactly the dress she wanted.

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  6. How beautiful! Stunning dress and gorgeous bride.

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  7. Beautiful dress. Well done Nancy!

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  8. It's a lovely dress and it must have been an amazing opportunity to sew your daughter's wedding gown! I'm so thrilled they had a wonderful wedding!

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  9. I could never imagine making a wedding dress Nancy. This dress was gorgeous!

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  10. Beautiful dress and it's going to look absolutely darling in red too! Beautiful photos too! I love your dress too, did you make it?

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    1. Thank you, I did make the dress for another wedding about a year and a half ago. I wrote a blog post on it back then. It started life as the Hot Patterns Metropolitan Gypsy blouse. I have never actually made it as designed. I have now worn it 3 times and no one who came to this wedding had seen it. I also knew that I did not need any more stress, so wearing this dress, which I love, was perfect. I was able to splurge on fancy Stuart Weitzman sandals instead.

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  11. Congratulations to the happy couple. Wow what a gorgeous dress and a wonderful gift for your daughter, I cannot begin to imagine wrestling with 15 yards of georgette!

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  12. It was seriously the most perfect dress ever!

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  13. I adore that she's going to dye and wear it on her honeymoon! It will be just as great in red.

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  14. Love the dress. You did a wonderful job.

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  15. Happy to see this wedding. Couple look made for each other. Hope the wedding was really fabulous and everyone enjoyed. I am going to attend my sister’s wedding at one of New York wedding venues and going to have a beautiful gift for the couple.

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  16. That dress is stunning! It must have taken a lot of time and hard work.

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