In Wednesday’s post, I talked about my eclectic approach to the wedding outfit and the things that I felt were important to create the perfect feel. My wedding dress was the central part of that story. Honey always dreamed of a big wedding in a church, seeing her bride in a dress at the end of the aisle. I thought her dream was a pretty good reason to wear a dress for our wedding. I don’t particularly love dresses but knew that if I made it I would love my dress. I also knew that I would want to get a lot of use out of any dress I created so the Infinity Dress was the perfect choice.
After searching the fabric stores here and finding nothing, I bought what I needed during a trip to the US in June. When I went to pay, I learned that the fabric I choose ended up being on super sale and I got 7 yards for $24.95…an unintended deal when I was prepared to pay a bit more for my wedding dress!
The fabric was gorgeous so, although I’ve sewn t-shirts, I was very nervous about messing this project up. I delayed starting the dress for months but as the Fall approached, I figured I had better start in enough time to find an alternate outfit if needed.
(Another super-cropped image above).
I borrowed a rotary cutter and mat from a friend, gathered my courage (a.k.a. my mother in law) and begun measuring and pinning! I used a combination of two blogs for instructions and created a dress with a very tall waistband, which I am very happy with. We measured several times, pinned slowly, and carefully cut (it would have been impossible to get a good cut without a rotary cutter because of the stretch and slight curl at the edges). I was a bit terrified to start sewing my dress and almost let my mother in law do it for me. I practiced on a small bit of scrap and it puckered terribly with my zig zag stitch and the tension was off. When reading the manual (what a practical thing to do!) my mother in law found a stitch used for things like bathing suits. I tried it and it was perfect. It creates tiny, pucker-free seams. With this new discovery, I sewed the whole thing myself.
The other instructions out there say to sew the straps and waistband in all at the same time, but I envisioned slippage that way so I sewed the straps in place first and then the skirt.
For our wedding, I wrapped it with the waistband under the bust and both straps over one shoulder as though a tunic. I have since worn the dress to another wedding and wrapped it with two shoulder straps and wore a wool blazer and black boots. It looked entirely different and I’m confident that the half-dozen other combinations I’ve come up with will mean that my staple dress carries me through a lot of occasions.
Want to read more about our wedding planning? Read the introduction here. Next week I’ll post about our wedding venue. Photos by Kat Goldin Images.
I’m even more impressed now 🙂 I love the colour too.
Thank you! Although, I assure you that your sewing is much more impressive than mine is! : * )
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