Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wedding Dresses On My Mind

One of the aspects that I love about making wedding dresses is that I get to immerse myself in the challenge of it.

One of the dresses I'm doing this year is fairly simple and straight forward. The lace will be doing all the work. I just have to put it together.

The other one, however...oh. my. My happy brain is going non-stop on how to copy and be inspired by a famous designer dress, and get the look for less money for this bride. At first I said "There is no way. I can't do that." But then I got to thinking, and I came back and said: "Actually, I can do that." And so I will. After all, sewing is a three dimensional puzzle with fabric. Nothing more and nothing less.

So I now want to put a dress form on my wish list.

I would love to be a money-earning seamstress about 30 hours a week, and a homemaker the rest of the time. As my kids grow up, perhaps I can make this dream come true. Meanwhile I enjoy the short bursts of business that the occasional baptismal gown and wedding dress brings my way.

I wish I could post pictures, but I try to respect the "surprise factor" of the brides I'm sewing for. So I just ruminate instead.


Matushka Anna said...

Oh, wow, I've never dreamed of attempting a wedding dress! I would think that a dressmaker's form would be indispensable. Anna at Pleasant View Schoolhouse has one and had to (if I remember correctly) "amplify" hers in specific areas with layers of duct tape. She then put a t-shirt on it because the end result was a little odd-looking. Anyway, she uses hers all the time. I bet you'd get a lot of use out of one. Good luck getting one!

(Will you post photos after the fact?)

Alana said...

Yes, I'll post photos after the fact. So far I've made three wedding dresses (unless I'm forgetting one, but I don't think so). This spring I'll be making numbers four and five. Number five will be the ultimate challenge dress.

gemma said...

You go girl and make those dreams come true! You are an amazing woman and I know for sure you will reach your goals. I am praying for you in many ways and this is just one more of them.

thegeekywife said...

Cheering for you!