Wednesday, January 18, 2012

wedding update

Butterick's B5556:  1955 design

Princess Margret's 1960 wedding dress
I bought a pattern today (couldn't resist).  While it might not be the end-all deciding factor in creating Princess Margret's dress, I think it's very close.  The bodice of the pattern is cut as two backs and two fronts, just like the original.  It has the same collar, granted the pattern is much more of a stand up style than Margret's.  The amount of ease in the pattern's bodice matches pretty close to Margret's dress.  Margret's sleeves are longer, but that could be adjusted and the pattern has a shorter skirt.  The darts are in the same place too, although Margret's dress as two additional darts on the sides.

This means that I need to make an under bodice that's strapless and either wear it as a completely separate piece or attach the two somehow.

I did a bit more looking for a base pattern for my maid of honour's dress.  Found a few viable options:
Butterick's B5603: the blue dress

Butterick's B6582 :the yellow dress

Vogue's V1094
I'm leaning more toward the Vintage Vogue pattern, although I like the others as well.  Will have to noodle on that some more.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

So much to do, so little time

Well life has been busy and I have done no sewing, big surprise.  I am forcing myself to finish a project for a former coworker that I did last Halloween and I have no motivation to finish.  I'm promising myself never again to offer to make corsets for other people and never to work for such cheap wages.  It's a lethal combination; I'm convinced of it.  Not to mention that my machine needs to be serviced and I nearly broke it trying to finish this stupid thing.  Bleh.

There is big costume/sewing news though.  I get to start on my wedding dress soon.  Behold the grand scheme:
Photo from madameguillotine

photo from madameguillotine

The maid of honour's dress (can't remember where I found it though)
The plan as of now is to recreate the dress as best as possible.  I'm so excited about it and I plan to document each step of the process.