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Craft Rage

...Making a mess of things since 1973


Back On Track (I think)


Yesterday, I went and tried on a couple more wedding dresses. With the idea that I wasn't going to just randomly try stuff on, I tried on two silhouettes I'd previously thought were my favorites, decided I wasn't really much of a fan, and left.

This doesn't sound like a successful outing, but in fact, it was exactly what I needed.

Since the beginning, I've had this dress stuck in my head;
Specifically, I LOVE the color, I liked the pickups in the skirt, and the fact that it's got a corset top. I don't like the bodice shown in the picture, but basically, this is the overall look I've had in my head.

Lately, I've been getting more of this vibe;
I like that the more simple skirt, but dislike the crossed/ruched bust detail.

I had originally looked at a couple of halter patterns, specifically these ones;
I still love them from the bustline down, but the simple fact is that halter style dresses aren't flattering on me.

Again, part of my choice rests with what color I decide to go with, and also whether I've made up my mind about lace or no lace.

I've finally settled on gold. Just gold. All gold, all the time. Because as Marjie said, I've written about it over and over; why am I second-guessing myself?

Plans for the Small Dress are complete. It will be beaded lace over a gold stretch satin, and will be the same dress you've already seen, although I will likely either add sleeves, or make a small lace shrug to go over top.

The Big Dress will be one of two silhouettes.

It will either be shaped like this;

(Image from Google Images)
or like this:

(Image from Google Images)

Whichever silhouette I land on, I think I might have the fabric for the dress in my stash already!

The first dress, the ball gown, might be made with two layers of fabric; an ivory crinkle burnout chiffon over a light, shimmery gold chiffon. The top picture is a little dark; the bottom picture shows the two fabrics layered, and is pretty much what I see in real life.

For the second dress, the fit-and-flare, I'm not sure whether this same fabric would work. If not, I still have about 12 yards of off-white crinkle taffeta. I'm going to cut a few swatches and attempt to tea-stain it into a dark ivory color. If that doesn't work, I'll just use it as it is, and bead the heck out of it until it turns gold. :)

Either way, at least I'm only making two muslins now, not ten. I've come a long way in two days. Thank goodness. And thank YOU, for your comments!



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Blogger Brooke Says:

oooooooo! I love that chiffon fabric! Have you thought about this pattern?


I made a wedding dress out of this pattern for a friend of mine and it was lovely. We left off that foldy thing on top and the sash. It is out of print, but you can still find it around.

Blogger Sara Says:

I really like the corset of the first dress and the skirt of the second dress. And I do love the color choice shown here. It is not the traditional colors, but I think it would look great! And besides - who wants to be traditional?!?

Blogger Keely Says:

Love both the dress silhouettes although I think I'd lean towards the first one. Both are beautiful so I'm looking forward to seeing the final choice.

Blogger Marjie Says:

I suggest the ballgown. Fit and Flair only works on nearly anorexic girls, IMHO. They are both beautiful, no question, and I'm looking forward to seeing the muslins!

Blogger Rachelle Says:

Brooke: that's a LOVELY pattern; did you by any chance post a picture of the finished dress anywhere? If so, I'd really like to see it!

Sara: I prefer that second skirt too! And as for color, well, I didn't go non-traditional because I don't LIKE traditional; rather, it's because when I wear white, I attract BBQ sauce and ketchup like a magnet attracts iron filings.

If I wear white, I can guarantee that even if nobody in my wedding party has eaten (or been the same room as) BBQ sauce for 24 hours before helping me into my dress, I'll still walk down the aisle with BBQ fingerprints on my skirt. :)

Keely: I'm leaning in that direction as well - it's a much more practical choice for the silhouette, plus, I have the vintage pattern for that box-pleated skirt in my pattern stash already. But that second dress just calls to me!

Marjie: I hear you! It's a skinny girl's dress, and I'm no skinny girl. But, I was watching Say Yes To The Dress the other day, and this girl tried on this exact silhouette, and it looked frigging amazing! She was beautiful, but she was also five foot three and shaped vaguely like a barrel; if SHE could pull it off, I need to TRY at least. :P

Blogger Summerset Says:

Yay! Glad to hear you're back on track and it is all working out.


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