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The Dress!

By Coralie, in Sewing Wedding gown5 Comments

Today is a special day! 😀

I’m very proud to say that today we celebrate our 10 years together with my Honey!

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I feel like the luckiest girl on earth to have found my amazing husband, my soulmate. To be able to share each day with him is a blessing, I love him very much.

Now, let’s celebrate! 🙂

And what would be better than finally posting the pictures of the wedding dress, THE Dress, to make this day even more special?
Prepare yourself, this is a picture heavy post. You have been warn! 😉

While patiently waiting for the the official, pretty photos of my wedding dress, I thought I could write about it’s construction.

Dress in progress

When reading about Couture sewing and fine wedding dresses, I was amazed to learn that a lot of the work is done by hand. And if I had to give a percentage of hand sewing for my dress, I would say 90% was done by hand! Which is a lot!
At first I was a bit afraid that it wouldn’t be as strong than machine stitching but after learning about waxed thread from Susan Khalje, I was convinced.

So I learned how to make my own (because obviously it’s such a strange thing to buy, no stores had it…).

The Hidden Secrets of the Dress

By Coralie, in Sewing Wedding gown0 comments

It’s done! I’m so excited because since Friday August 15th, I’m officially Mrs G.! 😀
This week-end was beyond perfect and we really enjoyed every minute of it! I couldn’t be happier!

What I’m most proud of is my hand sewn dress! I’m so relieved I finished it in time and that I got to wear it for a full day and felt like a princess in it!

In my dress!

While patiently waiting for more and better photos, I thought I could share with you some finishing details.
If you follow this blog, you already know about the waist stay that kept this strapless dress from falling. But here are few other hidden secrets that made it even more perfect! 🙂

The big day is nearly here! 🙂

So naturally, these last days have been kind of crazy with stuff for the wedding.
The dress is still not finished so in between beauty appointment and dessert tasting, I had to find time to make some progress on it. And by popular demand, I also found a little time to blog about it! 😉

The main thing I did this week is the fastening of the dress. The zipper was definitely tricky, it took a lot of fitting to make it just right. And the dress being very heavy, it was a truly physical exercise to do all these fittings. No going to the gym needed, just put on a wedding dress by your own! 😉

The zipper was sewn by hand using a prick stitch. At first, I wanted the dress to close with buttons and button loops, such a lovely and romantic closure. But being afraid that it won’t be the safest one, I decided to play it safe and put in a zipper.

Zipper

However, it doesn’t mean I abandoned my initial idea.

Be aware! This post is a nerdy couture one! 😉
I’m very pleased with the advancement of the wedding dress. The strapless bodice is nearly done, I’ve sewn the lace and sequins to it and I’ve just put in the waist stay.

Fasten in the back

For those (like me, a few weeks ago) who don’t know what a waist stay is, let me explain what I’ve learned along the way. The first mention I saw of it was in Susan Khalje‘s book, Bridal Couture. I cannot explain how much grateful I am that I’ve bought this. I’ve read it from cover to cover, it’s like the bible of couture sewing! So when Susan said that to make sure your strapless bodice stays in place all night, you had to have boning AND a waist stay, I didn’t think twice about it.

One of the more useful tips I have learned doing my wedding dress, is the use of the underlining. Having sewn mostly accessories and a few easy clothes, I didn’t suspected how useful the underlining will prove to be, espacially when sewing with slippery fabric like satin.

The underlining, you say?

It’s an extra layer of fabric that can have many attributes such as adding strength, preventing show-through and hide hand stitching. If you want to know more, I highly suggest that you read this article from Threads magazine!

For my dress, my fashion fabric is a beautiful and soft ivory synthetic satin and I’ve chosen a white cotton muslin for the underlining. However, for the bustier, I also have an extra layer of synthetic taffeta to add a little support and strength.

Bustier layers

Knowing what is an underlining is an good thing, but knowing how to attach and work with the two fabrics together is even better!

Here’s how I’ve done it: