Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Weddingote: The Home Stretch

I'm happy to report that my wedding gown is nearing completion.  It's to the point now where I shall tease you with detail shots and save the full "reveal" for later.

The buttons for the gown were embroidered in silver purl, by my wonderful mom.  Then we sat around my kitchen table gabbing and assembling them.
Since I posted last, I did battle with the front edge-to-edge hook n' eye closure, and won.  I added stiffening to the front as well as the center back, but not boning, as I didn't want any unsightly lines showing through the very thin taffeta.
The center front closure, with the buttons pinned on.  I hate how the camera  brings out the worst in a dress! It really doesn't look this rumpled to the eye...
I assembled both sleeves, but haven't sewn them on yet - that's today's milestone.  I also rounded off the hem.  There's not much of a train, but it'll trail the ground ever so slightly.

Piping detail on the sleeves cuffs, which went together more easily than I though - I worked out all the hellishness in the test garment, and thank goodness!
What's left? Well, to add the sleeves of course, and do a little more interior work.  I need to hem the skirt, and stitch on the buttons.  At that point the gown itself will be complete, but I then need to make the petticoat (luckily quite a quick job), and I might assemble a different type of bumpad.  So it's really not much more to go!

The center back where it transitions into the skirt.  It's not perfect, of course!

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31 comments:

  1. Oh my it is so lovely. And silk taffeta is always a tad rumply, that's how we know it really is silk taffeta. I hope all the other plans are on track and if they're not, well it sill be a story to dine out on. We have a few of those! :)

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    1. This is actually the first time I've ever worked with real silk taff. I love it! (of course) and am enjoying its properties. :-)

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  2. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  3. The so-called imperfections are endearing proof that it was hand-made with love. Blessings & joy to you on your happy day!

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    1. That is a good way to look at them. :-) I will keep it in mind, and try not to fret about the small things :-)

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  4. So lovely and elegant. Wonderful job!

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  5. It's really lovely, it's going to look smashing on you!

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  6. Holy moly! It's gorgeous in the details, and promises to be even better in the full reveal. You are going to be a lovely bride. Congratulations on rounding the corner with the dress!

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  7. Splendiferous! There won't be a dry seat... er..... EYE in the house!! Tell you mum I am in awe of those buttons, and encouraged to do something like that for myself, maybe. What button forms did you use? Mine always pop off down the line...
    Happy, happy day, Ms Duchess!
    Auntie Nan

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    1. Thank you! The buttons - I bought one of those big packages of various sizes buttons, at Walmart, and used the 5/8" domed ones as the molds. I find the snap-together ones to be either difficult to get perfectly smooth, or the backs break off too easily, so I cover buttons the old fashioned way, by gathering and stitching like crazy on the back.

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  8. I've been watching the progress eagerly on this dress...and my excitement is building! You have done such a lovely job, and I'm sure it will look absolutely gorgeous on you! The buttons are so snazzy! I love little details, and that one is no exception :). You're mother is so sweet :). Congrats and good luck!
    ~Theresa :)

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    1. Thank you! I love that my mom had a hand in the dress. It makes it extra special :-)

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  9. gorgeous, gorgeous - can't wait to see it all. Love the hand stitching and the wonderful piping - its really neat and pretty. Hope you have a wonderful day as well!

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    1. Thanks! I like prick stitch and the effect it gives, so I don't mind it showing on the gown. :-)

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  10. Your attention to detail is exquisite! What a lovely dress, and I am sure BRIDE! Congrats!

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  11. Looks great! I am looking forward to the big reveal pictures!

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  12. I've just discovered your blog, because I'm doing research on costuming for a larp - and it looks like I've tuned in at the right time. I can't wait to watch you post little by little!

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    1. Welcome! Thanks for following me. :-) Good luck on your LARP costume.

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  13. I can't wait to see the finished dress! Will you both dress up in 18th century clothing for the wedding or just you?

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    1. Hi Sanna - thanks! The wedding isn't historical. Mr C is wearing a nice English cut suit, to go with his Englishness. My matron of honor and I are wearing the redingotes, but neither of us is going full 18th c., so no big hair or period correct makeup and hats. Nobody else is wearing historical clothing, just us. :-)

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    2. I see! But it's great you two are getting dressed in redingotes! White modern wedding dresses are so usual it's almost boring. :D Of course they can be beautiful, too, but getting dressed in something different is always more interesting.

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