So let’s dive into the wedding stuff straight away, shall we? After some deliberation I’ve decided to go with the McCalls M7154 dress! I just kept going back to it last week. It’s not often that everything in a pattern speaks to me (especially when it comes to evening gowns), but this one just does. I think the shape would really suit me, and I love the cut outs and the skirt panels.
The recommended fabrics are charmeuse, crepes, crepe de chine and crepe back satin, so I’ve got several options when it comes to fabric. I’ll need 4 yards and as I said I don’t want to spend a fortune. Right now I’m looking at silks, and peace silk in particular. I haven’t done much research yet, but peace silk is harvested without killing the silkworms. I’m not sure I’ll be able to find 4 yards of it within my budget (which I haven’t even quite established yet), but we’ll see. The first version will probably be a polyester though. Either way it’l be quite a sewing challenge, which I’m looking forward to.
Then there’s the question of plain or patterned. Plain would be best to show off the features I guess, but it wouldn’t it also be… plain? I don’t know, I’m leaning towards maybe a muted abstract print. Or maybe dip dyed? I’ve searched a lot of online shops but I haven’t found the right fabric yet (so many florals!). It might be even cooler to dye my own fabric. But it’ll all come down to time, I guess. We haven’t set a date yet, I might let it depend on when I think I’ll finish this dress, hehe.
I love that line drawing so much! I’m not sure about the little gathers at the front and back though, not sure if they have a purpose or if I can draft them out. For colour, I’m leaning towards pink and associated colours. I guess that’s 5 year old me speaking. When my parents got married I was 5 and I had a very princessy view on weddings. I was so disappointed when my mom didn’t wear a dress and there was no dancing. At least I got to wear a pink dress and a big pink bow in my hair. I haven’t seen that pink loving girl for a long time but lately I do feel attracted to pink again. Plus it goes well with my skin tone.
I’ll keep you updated on my progress!