No, not for me. That honor better be at least twenty years away.
My niece is getting married this summer and I agreed to make my sister’s dress.
It’s been at least ten years since I attempted to sew any type of formal gown, but I was up for the challenge. I figured if I worked slowly and thought about everything carefully, it wouldn’t be too bad.
My sister designed the ensemble–a top, skirt, and jacket–but I had to develop the pattern, which I’m not sure how to do. I traced and measured and erased a couple times. Finally I was brave enough to cut the fabric. No, not the actual fabric. I made a practice top to see how it looked.
After my sister tried it on and we did more measuring and adjusting, I cut the actual fabric.
The top is an ice blue with a raised flower pattern. A blue chiffon goes over this. The skirt is a narrow A-line in light blue satin. The jacket is made out of the ice blue with flowers.
It’s been a lot of fun to try something new. And I’ve learned a lot of sewing tricks. I’ve also learned:
- I hate chiffon. It’s stiff. It frays. It wiggles. It doesn’t fold the way I want it to. (See item about Heat Bond.)
- Kick pleats aren’t so bad. Just don’t try to figure them out with a four-year-old jabbering in your ear.
- Heat bond and Stitch Witchery are not the same.
- I could say be careful what you volunteer for, but I am so honored to help my sister out.
My sister added some rhinestones to the chiffon to give it some sparkle. And she did look lovely at the wedding.