First of all, thank you for all of your sweet comments about my dress and wedding. It is really sweet. If I'm ever feeling sad, I can read all of those comments to make me smile!
Wedding Dress Inspiration & Muslins
Pictures of my Finished Dress
I did not do a very thorough job of documenting my sewing of the dress. Most of my "in-progress" pictures are awful selfie cell phone pics that I text-ed to my mom so she could see my progress.
I made the first muslin of the bodice at the end of October 2012. Click on the link for the original post with my sketches and the muslin muslin. The pattern used (for parts) is McCall's 5321 for a strapless wedding dress with a giant poof skirt. I bought it on sale for 99 cents to use the bodice pieces only, as I wanted princess seams and had my own ideas for the straps and back. I drafted a rough idea of the back and straps myself and knew that would be adjusted later depending on the lace.
Making muslin 2 out of a sheer fabric gave me some more time to see what I needed to adjust. It helped me realize I did not want the point at the waist and instead just made it straight across, which is easier too. I also noted that the bodice neckline was too high, especially under the armpits, so I adjusted all of that. That was in November.
Then I procrastinated through January and then worked on my skirt. Finally, towards the end of February (and yes, the wedding was March 10) I got it together and sewed up the bodice.
The bodice has five layers of fabric: lace, silk charmeuse underlining, two layers of muslin to give support and encase the bra pads, and a china silk lining on the inside. So the front is three layers, bra pads in the middle and the muslin/lining is third layer. While there is a waist seam, the layers are joined individually. This turned out to be very wise as I was very displeased with the first set of bra pads. They looked very fake and awkward and creepy. Of course, no pictures, but take my word for it.
|In progress, with the pads I later removed.|
|Straps are pinned and not yet hemmed.|
|Hooks and eyes to hold it shut.|
The straps are top-stitched to the bodice. I am a lazy hand-sewer and I didn't want any wardrobe malfunctions at my wedding. It's hardly visible to me, and I made it, so I am guessing no one else would even notice. Except perhaps for you ladies.
I will leave you with two real life pictures:
and if you read all that, thanks for reading! :)