A few months ago I was asked if I would be interested in making 5 bridesmaid dresses for a June wedding. Of course, I said “Yes’. Not only do I love creating beautiful dresses for weddings, but the bride’s parents are good friends and also family.
A pattern was found, pics text to me, and I said yes, I could make that with the alterations they wanted. I cut out a dress a few weeks ago, basted it together and a couple of the bridesmaids stopped by for a quick fitting. (Did I mention that the bride, her family and the bridesmaids all live in Indiana, while I am in Ohio?)
I was happy with the way the dress fit, figured out what to do with the neckline and was ready to make all 5 dresses to a certain point and then planned to take them to Indiana to try on and finish.
However, as I took the dress apart, that had just been basted together, and began to sew it up for real, I became a bit concerned that this pattern was not turning out to be what the girls had envisioned. From a couple of comments made during the fitting, and a phone conversation with the Mom-of-the-bride, I just wasn’t sure making 5 dresses was the wisest thing to do. So 2 weeks ago as I was finishing the dress I text the Mom-of-the-bride and told her I really thought the they all needed to see this dress and see if it really was what they wanted. They had a way for the dress to get to them the next day. I considered that briefly, but I really wanted to see the dress on the person it was made for and see what they thought. So at 2:30 in the afternoon I hopped in my car and headed 2.75 hours West and North to fit that dress.
Long story short, I headed back home with a new plan, arrived home at 10:30. Headed straight to JoAnn’s the next morning, spent 2 hours looking at patterns, texting pics and ideas, transferring the plan in my head into a pattern(s).
Patterns bought I headed home to create a new dress. Last week I once again headed West and North, dress in tow. And my girls too this time 🙂 We headed out on Tuesday and arrived back home at 11:35 Thursday night. 30+ hours at the machine. All five dresses made, one came home with me with just a bit of hand sewing to sew the lining around the zipper, add thread belt loops, and create the simple sash. I just couldn’t make myself finish the last one out there since I had a 2+ hour trip home ahead of me. I will go back Friday night before the wedding to press and steam all the dresses. AND I get to go early and help get everyone in their dresses – I’m rather excited about the opportunity! And I get to take my camera and do a bit of second shooting – just some fun creative stuff that doesn’t interfere with the real photographer!
So that was my week last week – what did YOU do?
Sew a Fine Seam
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