However, before we get to that, let me talk about the girls' dresses. If you will recall from this post, I had been planning for some time to make the Regency dresses from the Sense & Sensibility pattern. Since I knew I wouldn't be getting the fabric for the dress for a while I decided to make the girls' dresses first. I started them back in February, I think. I was able to find a really nice 100% cotton at Wal-Mart of all places. My mother-in-law was kind enough to let me borrow her serger so I could even finish the seams! I wasn't able to get them finished until the beginning of last week however, because we just moved on the first and it took a while to get my sewing stuff back out again. I'm so glad I made the elastic version of the dress. It is so much easier to fit a growing girl, especially when starting it several months in advance.
And now for the story of my dress. Originally I had planned on making myself a Regency dress as well. I wanted to alter the front to make a nursing opening. However, after several changes with the other bridesmaids I realized that if I made a Regency dress, then I'd be the odd girl out in the line up. The other 3 dresses were all modern styles and lines. So about 2 weeks ago, (yes, you read that right) I opened the box that has my patterns in it and found Simplicity 2926. I bought it about 4 years ago, always wanting to make it, but didn't have a reason to until now. Only problem is that it is not nurse-able.
I made view C with view A's sleeves. There were 2 reasons I did this. One, I didn't think the sleeves for C would quite work for a bridesmaid dress; I really didn't want a seam down the center of my sleeves. And I figured with my time constraints that simpler was better! I did lengthen them about an inch and a half though. My mom also showed me how to make my own piping when she got here on Tuesday. I can't believe how easy it is!
|My husband and I.|
And now I'm sure you'd all like to see the lovely bride. She is wearing a dress that was first worn by the groom's great-great grandmother in 1908. It was the dress of her dreams and only needed the tiniest bit of altering to fit her!
|The bride and her mother.|
|The bride and groom.|