I've said it before and I'll say it again-I should never sew with a deadline-will I ever learn my lesson?? I got it into my head that I needed, needed, to make the Bombshell dress with Gertie for a friends wedding. The wedding was this past weekend. Needless to say, I did finish, but not without a couple casualties. I blew off my friends, housework (and husband a little) to make and finish (yay!) this damn dress. HOURS upon hours spent sewing, hunched over. I won't even show you the aftermath to the sewing area and living room. I'm even ashamed.
Luckily I have a "top drawer" husband who granted me the time and space to sew my little heart out.
The wedding was in Big Bear, CA, a couple hours away, and I must say, was so lovely! We stayed on the lake, the weather was perfect and it was fun to see a new place.
And the wedding was the sweetest, I cried my eyes out! But it was the good crying, interspersed with bursts of laughter at all the funny stories. I can't imagine two people more suited for each other! Aren't they cute?
But, back to the dress. I did make my own wedding dress (almost 4 years ago), and it was complicated, but this dress seems now, to be the most complicated thing I've ever sewn. Did I mention it took me forever?
I'll spare you the muslin shots, cause they're a little skimpy. I even added a full inch to the top of the bustline and around the back. I took cues from this lovely dress maker, here. I couldn't imagine if I hadn't how R rated it would've been, ha. Here's the bodice, pre-lining. And I've catch stitched all the facings down, inserted the padding, and clipped my seams.
Here's the lining fabric, boning inserted (giggle)
When I got to the hemming (my least favorite part of dress making) I realized I had forgotten to buy any seam binding. I had a great aunt who was a total depression era/make do and mend kinda lady. When she passed a few years back, I was lucky enough to get her sewing paraphernalia. I dug through her sewing box and found my seam binding! Can you imagine paying only 19 cents for a notion? Thanks Aunt Evelyn! (I'll have to talk more about her at some point, she deserves her own post!)
Here's the finished inside, black polka dot bodice lining and waist stay. I skipped the zipper guard, cause well, it just didn't seem to need it, and so far, so good. I just love the polka dot inside. I also really like the waist stay, so brilliant for strapless dresses.
California gets chilly at night, even during the summer, and being in the mountains, I figured it would get even chillier, especially for early fall. The wedding started at 3, but it was outside and the reception in a tent next to it. I needed a jacket. I had great dreams of making a bolero or short jacket, and even picked out a pattern, Simplicity 2250. I bought the main and lining fabric.
However, I just ran out of time. I bought RTW. Don't judge please.
The problem was, even though it was my size, it was still too big. So I chopped it all up. I unpicked the bottom and part of the side lining, took in the side seams by an inch and shortened it by about 4 inches, then reattached the lining. Unfortunately, I was so time crunched, I just didn't have time to snap pictures. A jacket re-do sounds like a good future post, too!
It started getting dark at the wedding before we could get a bunch of good photos, so I recreated the look at home :) Not a fan of this picture of myself, but I had to throw in the Ozzie shot, he insisted.
Back to the lake, chasing the sun
And it's gone
Congrats again Claire and Joey!