Hello my dears! Since both Gabe and I made our attire for our wedding, I thought it would be fitting for me to share more about it, the reasoning and stories behind the style of wedding clothes that we wore, etc. So, without further ado, would you all like to hear about my dress?
The dress is made out of a lovely silk/hemp blend sold by Organic Cotton Plus. It is underlined in organic cotton batiste throughout, and all of the seams are whip-stitched down to the underlining, either by hand or by machine. I based the pattern for it off of the style of my favorite blue party dress, but made some major changes according to what I wanted my wedding dress to be.
First off, I was not going to wear a corset under my dress, so I made it to fit very well, without such an undergarment.That ended up manifesting itself in almost three mock-ups of the bodice before I finally achieved the fit I desired.
Secondly, I wanted the dress to be comfortable to move in. I needed to be able to move my arms, since Gabe and I would be having English and Scottish country dancing at our wedding. To achieve the required mobility, I changed the shoulder yoke seam so it curved up into the proper shoulder seam of my sloper. I also made my sleeves with the shallowest sleeve cap possible, and a fitted undersleeve with basically no sleeve cap to support the poof of the outer sleeves.
Thirdly, I didn’t want a train on my dress. I have heard too many horror stories of brides’ bustled trains coming undone during the reception, so there was no chance I was going to fiddle with such a risk factor. I also wanted a full skirt, without having to wear a hoopskirt. So, I made a 7 gored skirt with deep pleats at each seam (which also worked in my favor for my fastening method. See below), with an Edwardian style 7 gored petticoat with a very full ruffle underneath.
The last requirement I had for my dress was that it had to have an elegant, easy fastening. No buttons up the back for me, thank you very much! Those things would have irritated my spine to no end! However, I did want buttons, so I just extended the front opening of the original blue dress from the yoke all the way to the base of the bodice. But that left me with the dilemma of what to do with my skirt fastening! I didn’t want a fastening down the center front of my skirt! That would have been unsightly! Then it occurred to me that I could “hide” it in one of the pleats. But the skirt needed some way of being supported in the 3 inches between my buttons and the side pleat. It already was heavy enough to require an internal waistband, so that solved the problem perfectly. The rest of the fastening was finished with a hook and eye right above the pleat, a large snap in between the pleat and the buttons, and several small snaps down the placket in the pleat of the skirt, as well as behind the button placket of my bodice.
So, do you remember me talking about that “something blue” in my dress? Well, here it is. I had been hoarding some vintage blue silk buttonhole twist for years, just for the purpose of embroidering my name and my husband’s name, along with the wedding date, in the hem of my dress. And I finally was able to use it! Oh, and the number 19? Well, that has a loonnnggg story to it, that I won’t go into here. 🙂
For my something old, I wore my Mom’s veil. For my something borrowed, I wore the earrings that she wore at her wedding. The sequins on her veil added just the right touch of sparkle to my attire, since my dress didn’t have any sort of sparkle on it.
My shoes were the Georgianas from American Duchess (which are no longer being sold), which Gabe bought me as a birthday present earlier in the year.
My favorite part about my whole ensemble was that it echoed all of my favorite eras. The overall style of the dress was that of the late 1940s, but the shoes were from the 18th century (one of my favorite historical eras of fashion), the skirt had the drape of an Edwardian gown, and the sleeves were the lovely poofy things that made up the reason I fell in love with the styles of the 1820s and 1830s.
Doesn’t my Gabriel look handsome? Sigh… 😀
Gabe made the majority of what he wore at the wedding: jacket, waistcoat, kilt and sporran. The tartan is that of his family’s scottish heritage, MacDonald of Keppoch. You can see just how much more of a master he is than me in the art of sewing by how perfectly he matched up the bias plaid on the opening of his waistcoat. He was working on that waistcoat up until the night before the wedding, and he got it done just in time.
I love this picture. 🙂
Gabe and I decided early on in wedding planning that we didn’t want our bridal party to be matchy-matchy, so we had the groomsmen wear different tartans (all of which came out of Gabe’s kilt collection), and the bridesmaids wear coordinating dresses. I was really pleased with how everything looked when it was all put together. It actually wasn’t what I had dreamt my wedding to look like though. In fact it was much, much better. I didn’t ever think that my wedding would look so positively beautiful and perfect, but it did, and it truly was a day beyond my dreams.
What do you think of my dress? (typical question, I know 😛 )
Do you have a family heritage that you would want to display in your wedding attire?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer