Ten years ago today, Mike and I got married. I made my wedding dress, and have promised a couple times to post pictures. Here goes!
I don’t know if you can tell from these old photos, but the dress has a petticoat made out of ten yards(!) of fabric underneath. I spent a couple of days stitching and gathering all that fabric! We were on a pretty tight budget, and ten yards of $1/yard cotton were a lot cheaper than a hoop skirt! It made the dress look nicer, and much more fun to dance in! The cotton was heavier than, say, tulle, but cheaper and more breathable to wear on a hot day!
I’m not an amazing seamstress, so the dress was designed in part to work around that fact. The dress is three parts (four, counting the petticoat). The main part is nearly all linen (with lace overlay on the sleeves), based off of a princess seams dress pattern my mom and I had played with when I was in high school until it fit me pretty well. I wore a bunch of dresses based off of that pattern throughout college! I changed the pattern to make the neckline into a peasant top-type design. Then I made an overskirt out of French lace, and a satin lace-up bodice went over the top. The scariest part of the entire project was putting eyelets into the bodice so it would lace up – I didn’t have any fabric left to repair mistakes, and it wasn’t something I had tried before. Luckily it worked!
Here you can see the lace on the sleeves. I have a thing for formal dresses with long sleeves, so my wedding dress had to have long sleeves, even in the middle of June. I put lace on the sleeves partly because I liked the look, but also to disguise the fact that I hadn’t (still haven’t) worked out how to get sleeves to consistently look the way I want them to. Surprisingly, the dress wasn’t too warm – a fact I attribute to its being made out of cotton and linen, as well as the fact that it was all white. Mike was much less comfortable in his black polyester rented tux!
The collar has decorative edging, which Mike actually sewed on with tiny neat stitches. He knew I wasn’t (am not) a perfectionist, and wanted that bit to be just right!
I bought materials to make a veil, but gave up. Instead, I found my veil in the back of a card shop, right next to the grocery store where we bought our wedding cake! Being my nostalgic self, I hung onto them, and they finally came in handy last year, when they were turned into a veil for a dear friend’s wedding!
Happy Anniversary, Mike! Thanks for being my best friend for the past almost-13 years, and the best husband ever for the past ten years!
Do you have a memorable learning experience? Or, what creative learning has been going on in your home lately?