|My grandma and me. Photo by Gillian Spencer.|
I began with a concept (making Simplicity 2250, a cute summer dress, into a formal dress) and a sort of compromised determination to make the dress; I figured if I failed, I always could run to Nordstrom. Also, my good friend Casey aka C. Vincent offered to lend me his expertise on fit and alterations. Thus armed, I began the muslin process.
The initial plan was for Casey to do the pattern adjustment work, and I would sew the muslin using the new pattern piece he'd designed. Most of the alterations were in the bust darts and re-shaping the top band into more of a sweet-heart shape.
|Trying on the muslin, looking sweaty.|
Casey worked tirelessly in the weeks before the wedding. We had a couple of rough fittings - my waist seemed to miraculously contract and expand by full inches - and a couple of miscommunications about straps. But I knew I was in good hands.
|Nathan's first encounter with The Dress. Photo by Bee.|
The dress felt amazing. (You can see the charmeuse band and chiffon straps well here.)
|Photo and earrings by Bee.|
And photographed gorgeously. Casey's decision on how the skirt fabric should be layered lent a weight and movement that added a lot of elegance.
I was incredibly fortunate to have Casey's tireless help and expertise; watching him work made me realize that I would not have been able to complete the dress at my current level of sewing experience with the amount of time I had. Normally I'm all about DIY, but this project was best left to a professional!